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Slain rangers in Yala are bid final farewell

Army Region 4 deputy chief Maj-General Prakan Chonlayuth yesterday presided over the bathing rite for two volunteer paramilitary rangers killed in a Tuesday bomb attack in Yaha district, Yala.

The rite for Prakasit Rakphan, 21, and Chatchai Lohithan, 20, was held at Wat Phutthaphum in Muang Yala district, while the two rangers' representative was also presented with Bt500,000 assistance money and a "Bang Rachan" medal each.

The Internal Security Operations Command's Fourth Region front command hosted a ceremony to send the bodies home in a C-130 aircraft. Prakasit was sent to Amnat Charoen and Chatchai to Prachuap Khiri Khan.

In related news, police, along with an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team, yesterday inspected the scenes where suspected insurgent sympathisers had burned tyres and vandalised a section of Highway 418 (Yala-Pattani) in tambon Yupo, Muang district, on Wednesday night.

On the same night, the group also burned tyres on a Than Sab-Lam Mai road in tambon Pron, while giant firecrackers were hurled at an abandoned roadside shack in tambon Lidol.

In Yaha district, a phone booth in tambon Bang Ngoy Sinae was bombed.

Police suspect a newly trained youth group called "Permuda Baru" carried out these incidents.


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