Separatist militant camp seized in Narathiwat after clash

Separatist militant camp seized in Narathiwat after clash

Security authorities raid a camp of insurgents after an armed clash in Rangae district of Narathiwat on Sunday. (Photo by Waedao Harai)
Security authorities raid a camp of insurgents after an armed clash in Rangae district of Narathiwat on Sunday. (Photo by Waedao Harai)

NARATHIWAT: A combined government force seized a camp of Muslim militants after an exchange of fire in Rangae district on Sunday morning, police reported.

The clash occurred at about 10am after the government force, led by the 45th Ranger Task Force, were deployed in three teams to patrol Khao Tawe mountain range near Ban Hae in tambon Bongo. The deployment followed information that an armed militant group led by Abdulloh Bula and Muhammad Kadir was in the area to hold a meeting to plan terrorist attacks.

One of the patrol teams came across a group of eight to ten armed men sitting in a camp. The two other teams were subsequently called to provide support. They laid siege to the camp and signalled the militants to surrender.

An exchange of fire between the two sides broke out and lasted for about 10 minutes. The militants managed to break through the siege and escaped.

A trail of blood left on the escape route led to the belief that one or two militants might have been injured.

The soldiers seized the camp, comprised of seven canvas shelters, and recovered many items including an M16 rifle and some ammunition, clothes, food supplies and hammocks.

Col Isra Chanthakrayom, commander of the 45th Ranger Task Force, contacted military units in the adjoining area between Chanae and Rangae districts, instructing them to check hospitals in the area where wounded militants might have sought medical treatment.


Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT (10)

Liquidity boost needed

The Oil Fuel Fund Office is asking the government to inject money into the fund from its central budget to increase its liquidity as it continues to subsidise the price of diesel.

05:22

Substitute Adisak makes decisive impact for Thailand

Substitute Adisak Kraisorn's late goal earned Thailand a 1-0 win over Turkmenistan in a warm-up game in Si Sa Ket on Friday night.

05:11

Health Ministry, agencies aim to deter recreational weed use

The Public Health Ministry has signed an agreement with eight agencies to emphasise the use of cannabis and hemp for medical, beauty and research and development use amid fears people will use it for recreational purposes when they are allowed to grow the plants at home from June 9.

04:44