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Narathiwat Ambush: Brave Sacrifices in the Shadow of Ramadan

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In a harrowing turn of events that ruptured the calm of a Sunday night in Narathiwat province, a military convoy found itself in the crosshairs of an unexpected ambush. This chilling episode unfolded as the convoy, comprising two army vehicles, wove its way back to base, its occupants blissfully unaware of the tragedy that was about to ensue. Earlier in the evening, the team, buoyed by a sense of duty and camaraderie, had been inspecting the construction of an arch, a symbol of communal harmony and celebration for the upcoming holy month of Ramadan. Little did they know, their journey back would take a dire turn in Ban Belukar Hilir village 6, nestled within the tambon Batong of Narathiwat’s Rueso district.

The ambush was swift and merciless. Among the convoy were two valiant ranger volunteers, Wittaya Puangngam, aged 30, and Prakong Suttanang, aged 48, whose lives were cruelly snatched away in the attack. The ripple of gunfire didn’t end there; it also left nine other soldiers nursing wounds of varying degrees. The injured included Sgt Suradech Sangkawong, Cpt Chaiyuth Sukboo, and MSgt 1st Class Sakrapee Petchrueantong, alongside six courageous ranger volunteers—Anan Bueraheng, Paosee Je-Te, Makosi Uma, Sama-ae Duemasi, Ardnai Sulong, and Saman Lee-ardiew—each of whom had stories untold and dreams unfulfilled.

The tranquility of the night was shattered, replaced by the haunting echo of sirens as law enforcement rushed to the scene, a stark reminder of the volatility that lingers in the shadows of conflict zones. The local police force, piecing together the fragments of the nightmare, pointed to insurgents as the orchestrators of this ruthless act. It was a grim reminder that even in the sacred final days of Ramadan, peace remains elusive, with attacks growing in frequency and ferocity.

In the aftermath of the chaos, Lt Gen Santi Sakuntanak, the steadfast chief of the 4th Army Region, stepped forward to address the bereaved and the battered. He assured the families of Wittaya Puangngam and Prakong Suttanang that they were not alone in their mourning—the nation grieved with them. Moreover, he guaranteed that the fallen heroes would be honored, their memories enshrined, and their families would receive full compensation in accordance with the relevant regulations. This solemn pledge was a speck of light in the overwhelming darkness, a reassurance that bravery and sacrifice are never forgotten.

As the community reels from this attack, security forces have redoubled their efforts, vowing to leave no stone unturned in their hunt for the terrorists responsible for this act of violence. The attack on the military convoy in Narathiwat is not just a tale of loss and despair but also a narrative of resilience and resolve. It serves as a somber reminder of the perils faced by those who stand on the frontline in the fight against terror, their lives perpetually hanging by a thread, yet their spirits unbroken, fueled by a relentless pursuit of peace and justice.


  1. HopefulCitizen April 8, 2024

    Such a tragic event right before the holy month of Ramadan. It’s heartbreaking to see violence overshadow what should be a peaceful time. My thoughts are with the families of those who were killed or injured.

    • Realist123 April 8, 2024

      It’s idealistic to think there can ever be peace in such conflict-ridden areas. Violence has been a constant in history during times of supposed peace. It’s tragic but not surprising.

      • HopefulCitizen April 8, 2024

        I understand your point, but shouldn’t we aim for peace regardless of the past? Accepting violence as the norm only perpetuates the cycle. There has to be a break in the chain somewhere.

      • Pacifist_in_the_Woods April 8, 2024

        Exactly, HopefulCitizen. Peace starts with us believing it’s possible. Every act of kindness, every gesture of peace and understanding contributes to that goal.

  2. SkepticGuy April 8, 2024

    Insurgents targeting military convoys isn’t new. What’s the strategy here? It feels like these incidents are only increasing in frequency, and our responses are the same. What are we missing?

    • MilitaryMind April 8, 2024

      The situation is more complex than it seems. Insurgents use guerrilla tactics, making it hard to predict and prevent attacks. It’s not about the strategy being wrong but about the challenges in execution.

      • SkepticGuy April 8, 2024

        That makes sense, but it also sounds like we’re stuck in a loop. At what point do we reconsider our approach if what we’re doing is leading to more loss than resolution?

    • PeaceDove April 8, 2024

      Is increased militarization the answer, though? I think we need to focus on the root causes of the insurgency. Maybe then we’ll see a decrease in these tragic events.

  3. Ann April 8, 2024

    This is so sad. Ramadan is about peace and reflection. It’s horrible that such violence occurred during this time. Can’t imagine what the families are going through.

    • JohnDoe April 8, 2024

      Every time I hear news like this, it just breaks my heart. There’s too much violence in the world. When will it end?

  4. HistoryBuff April 8, 2024

    It’s a sad reminder that conflicts know no holidays. There have been countless instances in history where fighting intensified around religious or national holidays. It’s a psychological tactic, not just a coincidence.

    • Realist123 April 8, 2024

      Agreed, HistoryBuff. It’s a tactic aimed at maximizing psychological impact and garnering attention. It disrupts the sense of peace and security that such periods are supposed to bring.

    • HopefulCitizen April 8, 2024

      But isn’t that giving in to what the perpetrators want? If we lose our sense of peace and give in to fear, then aren’t they winning?

  5. VeteranVoice April 8, 2024

    As a veteran, reading about acts like these brings back memories. Brave souls always pay the price. Their sacrifice should be a rallying call for us to unite against such acts of terror, not divide us.

    • ConcernedYouth April 8, 2024

      How do you think we can unite, though? It seems like there’s more division every day, making it easier for incidents like these to continue.

    • VeteranVoice April 8, 2024

      Unity starts with understanding and respect. Recognize the humanity in everyone, regardless of their background. Educate, empathize, and stand together. That’s how we start changing the narrative.

  6. grower134 April 8, 2024

    This incident shows just how far we are from true peace. It’s not just a conflict issue; it’s a human issue. We need to address hate, education, poverty… it’s all connected.

    • Optimist_Olly April 8, 2024

      I agree, grower134. It feels overwhelming, but each of us has a role to play in creating change. Small actions lead to big changes.

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