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23 April 2009 :: 13:04:33 pm 27268

Army Chief: Army Ammunition Used In Botched Bid To Kill PAD‘S Sondhi

BANGKOK, April 23 - Thai Army chief Gen. Anupong Paochinda admitted on Thursday that some of the ammunition used in last Friday's attempted assassination of Sondhi Limthongkul, leader of the People?s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), belonged to the army, and pledged to take serious action against the culprit.
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Mr. Sondhi survived an assassination attempt last Friday when at least five gunmen fired a hail of bullets into his car as he was being chauffeured to work. Police investigators said 64 AK-47 cartridges were recovered, 16 M-16 cartridge casings and 17 SK cartridge casings were found at the crime scene.

Gen. Anupong revealed that according to an investigation carried out by police and the Army Ordnance Department, 20 of the spent bullets were from army stocks, including 17 SK shell casings and three M-16 cartridges distributed in the First Army Area.

The army chief said, however, that the military stores might have been stolen. An investigation will be carried out the as the First Army Area covers many sub-agencies in Bangkok and some central provinces.

“As I have been informed, the specific ammunition was used during army field training. To identify where it comes from is very difficult as up to ten thousand (rounds of) ammunition are distributed each time,”  the army chief said.

Gen. Anupong said any soldier found involved in the case will face harsh punishment. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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