Suspected insurgent killed in firefight with soldiers

Suspected insurgent killed in firefight with soldiers

Soldiers try to convince suspected insurgent Abdul Hakam Chema to surrender before he was killed in gunfire st his house in Muang district of Narathiwat on Saturday. (Photo: Waedao Harai)
Soldiers try to convince suspected insurgent Abdul Hakam Chema to surrender before he was killed in gunfire st his house in Muang district of Narathiwat on Saturday. (Photo: Waedao Harai)

NARATHIWAT: A suspected insurgent wanted under court warrants for three security-related cases was killed in a firefight with an army special operations unit in Muang district of this southern border province on Saturday, police reported.

On Saturday afternoon, the army unit laid siege to house No 120/3 at Moo 2 village in tambon Kaluwo Nua following a tip-off from informants that a suspected insurgent had hidden there.

At about 5.30pm, the suspect fired sporadic shots from the house.

At 6.30pm. the suspect opened fire in an attempt to break through the siege. A firefight ensued.

After the gunfire stopped, the soldiers cleared the area and found the suspect - Abdul Hakam Chema, 32 - lying dead in the house, police said. A .45 pistol was found near his body.

Abdul Hakam was wanted under three warrants. The first one, dated March 23, 2017, was for shooting to death a man, Pakorn Likekanwong, in Narathiwat on Feb 10, 2017. The second, dated June 14, 2018, was for an attack on defence volunteers in Yi-ngo district, Narathiwat, on Dec 30, 2016. The third, dated July 11, 2018, was for grenade attacks at three spots in Narathiwat on June 19, 2017.

Lt Gen Kriangkrai Srirak, the 4th Army Region commander, offered condolences to the family of the suspect, saying the authorities had acted within the scope of the law.


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