Man arrested in Pathum Thani with arms, ammunition

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PATHUM THANI, Jan 25 —  Pathum Thani police arrested a man wearing t-shirt with “Army” wording in Thai screened on the chest with a large cache of arms and ammunitions, according to a senior police official.

National Police Office deputy commissioner Pol Gen Ake Angsananond at press briefing on the arrest that the man, identified as Mr Chinarat Kanchanawichian, 45, who was apprehended at a checkpoint in Thanya Buri district at 7.30pm last night.

He was driving a car bearing Lop Buri licence plates and was stop by police at the checkpoint. He behaved suspiciously so the police searched his vehicle and found many items of firearms including an AK-47 rifle; 60 rounds of ammunition and two magazines; one M-61 hand granade, one rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launcher and one RPG, two folding knives, one mobile phone, 22 pyramid road spikes, a camouflage cap and uniform and Bangkok car registration plates.

Mr Chinarat told police that he was hired by a soldier to drive the car that parked at Wat Klang in Pathum Thani’s Lam Luk Ka district to hand over the vehicle at Rangsit-Nakhon Nayok highway.

He claimed he did not know the name and address of the soldier.