In a chilling update from the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand, viewers were presented with images of a mangled police truck, bearing the brunt of a lethal ambush. The attack unfolded under the cloak of darkness on Monday night in Yarang district, Pattani, a hotspot of political unrest and conflict. One brave policeman, alongside two defence volunteers, breathed their last during this surprise assault, with another five police personnel suffering injuries.
The chilling ambush took place with the tambon Yarang municipal office as the backdrop; the quiet Yarang-Mayo Road in tambon Yarang found itself in the grip of an unscheduled upheaval around 10:50 PM. The squadron that screeched to an abrupt halt and was ushered into the jaws of death constituted a four-door police pick-up truck, a police motorcyclist, and a motorcycle manned by two defence volunteers. The stillness of the night was broken by the chilling echoes of assault rifles and grenades.
The assailants were ruthless in their ambitions, using deadly weapons to infuse a wave of terror. The aftermath painted a grisley picture: more than 100 spent rifle cartridges and fragments of grenades lay scattered, and a two-storey municipal office wall was pockmarked with bullet holes. The casualties of this act of violence were Pol Sen Sgt Maj Tuwaelo Loma, 48, defence volunteers Charnwit Dorloh, 45, and Narong Rakaew, 47.
The roster of wounded policemen included Pol Cpl Boonnee Duereh, 25, Pol Cpl Isma-An Jitlang, 32, Pol Cpl Sarawut Susan, 29, Pol L/C Thanathat Chokmak, 22, and Pol L/C Thawat Senrit, 25, all of whom showcased exemplary courage in the line of duty.
In a bid to impede any subsequent pursuit, the assailants went on a bombing spree, targeting five electricity poles situated at three proximate locations. This malicious act resulted in local power cuts, successfully adding another layer of difficulty to the pursuit efforts.
As Tuesday dawned, security officials swooped into action, erecting checkpoints in the area. Their determination unwavering, they continued to press on, the hunt for the perpetrators still very much in progress.