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28 September 2010 :: 11:09:52 am 41216

Abandoned Cartridges Linked to Stolen Lopburi Munitions

Officials from the Thai Army Ordinance Department are inspecting some 5,000 cartridges found abandoned on the roadside in Lopburi to a stolen consignment of the same ammunition from the regions provincial army base last week.
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Lopburi, the 26th of September 2010: On Monday, specialists investigating the suspicious findings on a roadside in Lopburi were reluctant to confirm reports that the ammunition was that stolen from the local army base last week along with 30 rocket-propelled grenades (RPG’s).

Two suspicious bags and a wooden crate were placed at the roadside near a farm in Lopburi provinces. The contents were later revealed to be 5,160, 7.62mm rounds. Last week some 30 RPG rounds and approximately 9,000, 7.62mm cartridges were stolen from the Lopburi army base armoury.

Four suspects have since been arrested in relation to the thefts, with police on Friday issued warrants for the arrest of two further suspects.

Royal Thai Police investigators, led by Assistant National Police Commissioner Lt Gen Assawin Kwanmuang said one or two former superiors of the suspect, formerly Army non-commissioned officers, ordered them to steal weapons from the arsenal.

In his positions as head of the investigative team, Lt. Gen. Kwanmuang said that the former supervisors and non-commissioned officers form part of a known ‘hardcore’ renegade military group.

Divers from the Special Warfare Command have uncovered 12 RPG’s and part of an M16 assault rifle in the Bangkham canal in Lopburi, while two more grenades were reportedly retrieved Friday morning. The RPG’s have been confirmed as those stolen from the Lopburi base. At present 23 grenades are still missing.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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