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Soldiers arrested in Nakhon Si Thammarat

Four soldiers were arrested after they allegedly fired weapons into the sky in front of Nakhon Si Thammarat's Thung Song police station early yesterday.

After a report that men in a pick-up fired several rounds outside the station at 12.30am, police gave a chase and shot out a rear tyre of the truck.

The soldiers, who had four M16A2 rifles with 143 bullets and beer bottles in the car, were arrested in tambon Na Pho.

Master Sgt First Class Ekkalak Bilmard, 54, Corp Thanes Ratchatakijpaisal, 25, Lance Corp Opas Promrak, 26, and Corp Chatnant Pisitseranee, 25, reportedly told police that after drinking at an army camp they drove past the station and thought it would be fun to throw firecrackers.

A police source suspected the four were angered by the arrest of a soldier for carrying a gun in a market a few days ago.

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