His Majesty King Maha Variralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, Her Majesty Queen Sirikit and members of the Royal Family presented wreaths for the two officers killed in a roadside bomb explosion in Yala’s Yaha district on Thursday (Sept 14).
The wreaths were placed in front of the coffins carrying the bodies of Pol Lance Corporal Thanet Puttho, a paramilitary ranger attached to the 47th paramilitary regiment, and Pol Sgt-Maj Aniruth Chanthawong, a member of the explosives ordnance disposal unit, at Wat Putthaphum in Muang district of Yala.
The two dead officers were given an honorary send-off before their bodies were separately flown home–Aniruth to Tha Li district of Loei and Thanet to Banphot Phisai district of Nakhon Sawan.
The army had posthumously promoted Thanet as a lieutenant.
Aniruth and Thanet were among more than 20 officers injured by the second roadside bomb after they scoured the scene of the first explosion to look for more bombs.
Another officer, Sgt-Maj Woravichai Boonraksa, also an EOD officer, is still in critical condition at the Yala Provincial Hospital. Doctors have to amputate his leg to save his life.