| Thai army: 41 M'sian-made bombs meant for 'staging attacks'
| Monday, June 25, 2018
Malaysiakini : The Thai Army concurs with a statement by the Narathiwat police,
several days ago, that 41 home-made bombs seized in the Takbai district
several days ago, were produced in neighbouring Malaysia and smuggled
into the country.
According to Fourth Army Region commander, Lt Gen Piyawat Nakwanich,
the home-made bombs were meant for use in "staging attacks" by militants
after the fasting month of Ramadan. "From our investigation, we found the bombs were smuggled from
Malaysia, but we need to conduct further probe to determine whether they
were smuggled in complete form or in parts and later re-assembled in
the country," he told Bernama when contacted in Bangkok today.
The general, who is the Thai Army's highest ranking officer in the
restive southern Thailand was asked to comment on the home-made bomb
seizure at a police checkpoint in Kampung Saring, Takbai three days ago,
which also saw the arrest of its 39-year-old driver. Also seized from the pick-up truck were timers for the explosives and
several communication devices, which according to Explosive, Ordnance
and Disposal (EOD) officers at the scene, would be used to remotely
detonate the bombs, each weighing about 500 grams.
Piyawat, the man entrusted by Bangkok to quell the armed unrest in
southern Thailand reiterated allegations on Malaysia being the origin of
the home-made bombs, which was first made by Narathiwat police chief,
Maj Gen Manas Sikamat when he spoke to the local media, a day after the
seizure of bombs. The home-made bombs, according to him, were smuggled into southern
Thailand via "natural border route", with many speculating the smuggler
used the narrow Sungai Golok river separating the two countries to bring
in the explosives. Reminiscent ain't it, like the smuggling of weapons to Moroland?
Sungai Golok which has been notorious for smuggling activities also
acts as a natural border, demarcating the town of Sungai Golok in
Narathiwat province and Kelantan's Rantau Panjang. Investigators said the pick-up truck loaded with the home-made bombs
was from Sungai Golok before it was stopped in Takbai, en route to
delivering its deadly package to an unidentified individual in Ranget,
The army general also said the authorities had been intensifying
efforts to track down a suspect linked to the home-made bomb seizure,
who managed to flee and was believed to have gone into hiding with his
friends. Despite the large seizure of home-made bombs in Narathiwat, Piyawat
remained upbeat with the improving situation in southern Thailand. The overall situation has improved markedly, he explained, pointing
out that from 10 violent cases in southern Thailand, only a few were
related to the ongoing armed conflicts while the rest were caused by
According to a non-governmental organisation, Deep South Watch, which
monitors the situation in southern Thailand, about 7,000 people lost
their lives since 2004 as a result of the armed conflict in four
southernmost provinces near the Thai-Malaysian border.
|posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 10:00 AM