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Army suspects to be questioned

THE Army has allowed four soldiers, wanted for alleged involvement in the gun attack on prominent red shirt Kwanchai Praipana (Sarakham) in Udon Thani last month, to be interrogated by police.

Army spokesman Winthai Suwaree said the agency received a police letter asking for the four officers from the 9th Infantry Battalion in Kanchanaburi (Surasee Camp) to hear the charges and the army would co-operate, as in many previous cases. He said a staff judge advocate would escort them to the police and let the legal procedure take its course. He affirmed that the accused would be dismissed from the army if proven guilty, and urged the police investigation into the attack, which is ongoing, to ensure justice for all sides.

Earlier, Provincial Police Region 4 chief Anuchai Lekbamrung said Udon Thani police had issued arrest warrants for four soldiers based in Kanchanaburi and two civilians involved in the attack, besides the previously arrested suspect, Narathiwat-based territorial defence volunteer Madeunang Masae. He reportedly made a confession and performed a re-enactment in Udon Thani on Saturday.

Anuchai said police needed to get the seven in custody and question them before they could work out the motive. Police are still searching for two AK-47 assault rifles used in the attack, which Madeunang told police were thrown into a river in Kaset Somboon in Chaiyaphum.


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