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War weapons seized during series of raids

Photo : Weapons confiscated in Rayong province

Photo : Weapons confiscated in Rayong province

A large number of war weapons and ammunition was discovered yesterday in raids associated with the ongoing campaign initiated by the National Council for Peace and Order.

The grace period for people to give up weapons they possess ends next Tuesday, after which a sustained crackdown will begin.

In Chachoengsao province, a joint policemilitary team raid on the home of a former village head resulted in about 50 handguns and rifles being seized along with more than 500 munitions.

The suspect, Wanchai Theerarattanakhet, reportedly admitted he used guns for sports but said the war weapons found in his home were not his.

In Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district, a drug raid on 15 targets turned up an AK47 assault rifle and munitions along with two hand grenades and some 158,000 amphetamine tablets.

A raid in Chiang Saen district on Wednesday resulted in the seizure of an M16 assault rifle and equipment plus a large number of explosives and detonators used in a milling business with an expired permit for the explosives.

Rayong police retrieved a large number of explosives and weapons found abandoned in Muang district. The items include 13 M79 rounds, three grenades and three homemade pistols.

In Pattaya, police found four hand grenades and one smoke grenade abandoned by Jomtien Beach Road III.

Police said the grenades were useable despite their weathered condition.


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