NARATHIWAT, Dec 20 — A number of weapons and ammunition were seized when they were found hidden at a rubber plantation in Rueso district of Narathiwat, the authorities said today, expressing the belief the munitions were stockpile for use in violent attacks during the coming New Year’s celebration.
A joint police and military force searched a rubber plantation after a member of the insurgent group Runda Kumpulan Kecil (RKK), Abdulromae Ha-rae, arrested Monday, told the authorities that the arms were hidden there.
Six firearms were found buried wrapped in waterproof sheeting, including four M16 assault rifles, an HK rifle, one carbine, 53 rounds of M-60 bullets, 43 rounds of M-16 bullets and 113 rounds of carbine bullets.
Three military helmets and body armour vests, and fertilizer components used in bomb-making as well as propaganda documents were also seized.
Forensic experts have collected fingerprints and DNA from the items seized. Initial investigation identified the guns as being used by insurgents to attack and killed four members of a teacher protection unit on Sept 28.