Police blame insurgents for burnt cameras
Two suspects arrested for Yala army truck blast
- Published: 1/07/2013 at 12:38 AM
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NARATHIWAT: More than 20 surveillance cameras were torched by suspected insurgents in Narathiwat province, police said Sunday.
At least 21 cameras like these were destroyed by coordinated arson attacks early on Sunday.
Narathiwat Provincial Police Bureau commander Pol Maj Gen Wichai Kasemwong said 21 CCTV cameras were burned in a coordinated operation about 4am Sunday — six in Cho Airong district, another six in Bacho, five in Muang, three in Chanae and one in Si Sakhon.
Suspected separatists also put up a sign in Ra-ngae district, demanding soldiers withdraw from the southernmost provinces.
Graffiti with separatist messages was sprayed on several roads and traffic signs.
Pol Maj Gen Wichai said he had told officers to check nearby security camera footage to see if any suspects were recorded.
Meanwhile, Yala police Sunday arrested two suspected insurgents who were allegedly involved in the bomb attack on an army truck in Yala on Saturday which killed eight soldiers.
The blast took place on the Ban Truepa-Ban Pawang road in Yala's Krong Pinang district, killing eight soldiers and injuring another two from the 13th Yala Taskforce. The two suspects were identified as Suhaimee Sateebuema and Manaseh Jeharsae, Pol Col Sukhon Sri-aroon, superintendent in charge of crime investigation at Yala Provincial Police Bureau said.
Pol Col Sukhon said the suspects were arrested near the blast site Sunday. However, police have not pressed any charges against them yet.
The suspects were being questioned by the 13th Yala Taskforce, Pol Col Sukhon said.
He said a .38-calibre pistol found near the blast site on Saturday probably belonged to the suspects and a forensic team was investigating evidence collected from the site.
An intelligence source said the bomb that killed the soldiers was triggered by insurgents hiding in roadside plantations. (Story continues below)
Services were held Sunday for the eight soldiers killed by a roadside bomb on Saturday, in the worst attack on security forces of the year. Police said they have arrested two suspects in the bombing. (Post Today photo)
he source believes it was the work of an insurgent group led by Aba Jejaali and Ubaidila Rommueli who are active in Yala's Krong Pinang, Bannang Sata and Yaha districts.
The source said he held information that about 10-15 members of the group met on a mountain in Yala's Krong Pinang district before carrying out the attack as an act of revenge for soldiers killing insurgents in recent months.
The insurgent group led by Mr Aba and Mr Ubaidila is also accused of carrying out a bomb attack against a police vehicle while it was patrolling on the Yala-Betong road in Krong Pinang on June 18, killing a Krong Pinang police deputy inspector and injuring another six officers.
The bodies of the eight soldiers killed on Saturday were Sunday flown from Bo Thong military airport in Pattani's Nong Chik to their homes in Ratchaburi and Nakhon Sawan for funeral rites.
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