Body in torched bus near university identified as teenager

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BANGKOK, Dec 7 – Police said the charred body found in a bus at Ramkhamhaeng University on Tuesday belonged to a 19-year-old Bangkok resident, based on a DNA test and available evidence.

The man, identified as Suradet Khampaengjai, reportedly left his home in the Ekamai area of Bangkok on Monday night with a group of friends, all of whom boarded a bus heading for Ramkhamhaeng University.

A ring, keys, buckle and mobile phone found on the victim’s body were identified by his mother, who said Suradet left home at his friends’ persuasion.

The bus was torched in front of Ramkhamhaeng Unviersity and the flames spread rapidly, locking Suradet iinside.

Police said Suradet was neither a Red Shirt member nor a Ramkhamhaeng University student.

A senior police officer, Pol Gen Jaramporn Suramanee, ruled out rumours that people killed in the clash on Ramkhamhaeng Road early Tuesday morning were shot by snipers.

Police recovered 34 ammunition casings and 12 bullets, which were fired from seven models of firearms, none of which are commonly used by snipers, he said.