YALA, Nov 9 – Thailand police have arrested eight individuals believed to be involved in the violent attacks on two security posts in Yala, southern Thailand, which killed 15 people on Tuesday.
Yala provincial police chief Police Maj Gen Prabpal Meemongkol said six suspects were nabbed in raids at 19 locations in Khok Pho district in Pattani, and Mueang districts of Yala province here early this morning.
Two others were detained yesterday, he said, adding, all suspects are being held at Inkayuth Military Camp for further investigations. Police also seized clothes and backpacks used in the attack.
Meanwhile, Pattani provincial police chief Pol Mej Jen Jirawat Payungtham said some of the suspects arrested were on the wanted list of the Thai police as the court had issued warrants of arrest for them.
“The manhunt for all suspects has been intensified to ensure those involved in the violent attack will be charged in the court.
“Based on information, some of the suspects were able to escape during the raids, but we believed they are still in the targeted areas. We are confident they will be nabbed soon,” he added.
In the incident at 10.15 pm (local time) on Tuesday, at least 15 people were killed and four volunteers were injured when about 20 suspected separatists launched an attack in Yala.
It was the worst single attack in southern Thailand in recent years. The attackers used explosives and then scattered nails on the roads in an attempt to slow down people chasing them.
Thai authorities believe that at least 30 to 40 people were involved, including those who provided assistance to the attackers.