Tavor rifles traced back to army stocks

Tavor rifles traced back to army stocks

Ten automatic assault rifles discovered in Kanchanaburi on Sunday are army weapons lost during political violence in April 2010, a military official said yesterday.

The serial numbers on the 10 Tavor rifles confirm they once belonged to the military, said Col Sirichan Ngathong, the army's deputy spokeswoman.

Villagers found the rifles in a sack about 500m from the Tha Maka district police station. The firearms were lost at Pin Klao bridge during an army operation to restore order during red-shirt protests, Col Sirichan said. Following the discovery on Sunday, Bang Yi Khan police and the Department of Special Investigation will intensify efforts to look for whoever took the rifles, Col Sirichan said.

Meanwhile, Foreign Ministry officials will meet state agencies on Thursday to discuss whether Thailand should accept International Criminal Court jurisdiction over clashes between red-shirt protesters and security forces in April-May 2010.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul yesterday said the meeting would be attended by officials from the Justice Ministry, the Council of State, Attorney-General's Office, the National Police Office, and the Department of Special Investigation.

"If these agencies agree to accept, the ministry will forward a resolution for cabinet approval," said Mr Surapong.

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