Suspected militant killed in a clash with soldiers

A suspected insurgent, wanted under five arrest warrants on terrorism and many other charges, was killed in a clash with a government force in Yala province on Friday night, according to Col Yuthanam Phetmuang, deputy spokesman of the Region 4 Internal Security Operations Command.

Col Yuthanam said this at a news conference at the Isoc Region 4 forward headquarters at Sirindhorn military camp in Pattani’s Yarang district on Saturday (July 1).

He identified the suspect as Lukman Mading, 29, who was wanted under five warrants issued between 2013-2016 for terrorism, arson that caused deaths, robberies, possession of illegal weapons and explosives and attempted murder.

A combined police, military and ranger force laid siege to house No 57 at Ban Piyae in tambon Buemang of Yala’s Raman disrtrict on Friday afternoon on information that Lukman, the suspect, had been hiding in the house.

While the authorities were approaching the house for a search, Lukman allegedly threw a hand grenade and opened fire at them. An exchange of fire followed.

Lukman was killed in the clash. A 9mm pistol and a number of ammunition were found near his body.

Sudi Mahama, the owner of the house, and his wife Sirimatiyo Sengkajari were detained for questioning at the 41st Ranger Task Force headquarters for providing shelter for a suspect wanted under warrants. This was in violation of Section 189 of the Criminal Code, which carries a penalty of up to two years in jail and a fine of not exceeding 4,000 baht.

Lt Gen Piyawat Nakwanich, the 4th Army commander, expressed regret to the relatives of the kill. He said the authorities had properly enforced the law, but the suspect, who was wanted on serious charges, resisted the arrest and opened fire at them.

He called for other suspects on the run to surrender to the authorities to enter the justice process as a participant in the national development programme, or call him directly at telephone No 09-2532-4989.