Police to arrest more suspects in war weapons-related cases this week


BANGKOK, July 14 — The Thai authorities are expected to arrest more persons suspected of committing a series of attacks on demonstrators against the former government of Yingluck Shinawatra earlier this year after detaining a suspected attacker about a week ago, said deputy national police chief Pol Gen Somyot Poompanmoung. 

More suspects believed to have staged a series of attacks against demonstrators led by the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) against the Yingluck government are expected to be apprehended this week, he said.

They were believed to have been involved in several violent incidents in Bangkok, including a bomb attack in front of a major shopping mall in central Bangkok in February this year in which two children were killed, said Gen Somyos.

His remarks were made after police on July 5 arrested a suspect identified as Narongsak Plaiaram in Bangkok’s neighbouring province of Nonthaburi.

Mr Narongsak was suspected of staging grenade attacks on PDRC-led demonstrators in Bangkok.

His arrest was made as soldiers and police confiscated a large amount of war weapons and possessors on order by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) that seized power on May 22.

Gen Somyot said so far police have arrested 15  suspects on threats to national security while nine others remain on the run.