Unannounced security drill frightens witnesses to machine gun ‘attack’

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An apparent security drill frightened residents near the Cholchan Pattaya Resort Saturday who didn’t realize the “attack” on a limousine by men with automatic rifles wasn’t real.

Baht bus driver Sam-ang Nongyai, 54, reported to police Saturday he was waiting to pick up customers on Sukhumvit Road near the hotel north of Naklua when a black Mercedes-Benz pulled out of the resort with a four-man escort.  Suddenly a Toyota pickup pulled up and a man with an M16 machine gun started shooting at the sedan.  The loud gunfire scared nearly all in the area.

Pattaya baht bus driver Sam-ang Nongyai relates his account of the alleged shooting incident to Pattaya police.Pattaya baht bus driver Sam-ang Nongyai relates his account of the alleged shooting incident to Pattaya police.

Both cars sped off, leaving residents fearful and wondering what had occurred.

Police, however, could not find any evidence of ammunition on the road and suspected that it was a security drill implemented by the military using blank bullets in the exercise.

Annoyed police officials wondered aloud why they were not informed of such a disruptive drill.