Body of owner of pickup truck used to make car bomb in Big C explosion found

Security forces have found the body of Mr Nuson Kachornkham, a canvas vendor whose pick-up truck was used to make a car bomb by suspected southern militants in the bomb attack of Big C superstore in Pattani province on Tuesday.

The body, thought to be Mr Nuson, was found near a klong in a field in Ban Koh Poh, Nong Chik district. It was not known how he was killed.

The victim was believed to have been lured by suspected militants to put up canvas in Nong Chik district, then killed and robbed of his truck which was used to carry ready-made improvised explosive device weighs making up of two gas cylinders to Big C superstore.

The IED was said to weigh about 100 kgs and was detonated with a transmitter.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Pattani residents showed up in the provincial township as a show of force to reject all forms of violence, especially the violence targeting innocent people who are not a party in the armed conflict.

Security officials today (Thursday) allowed shop-owners and employees of Big C store to enter the store to inspect their shops and properties to assess the damages inflicted by the bomb blast so that they could claim compensation from the authorities.

Owners of cars and motorcycles which were damaged were also allowed into the car park to inspect their vehicles.