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07 March 2011 :: 16:03:38 pm 51152

At least two army officials transferred following weapons missing

BANGKOK, March 5 -- At least two Thai army officials have been transferred after a large amount of weapons went missing from the 1st Infantry Battalion at the Royal Thai Army Infantry Centre in Pran Buri district of Prachuap Khiri Khan province while an investigation committee has been established to probe the disappearance of the weapons, said army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha on Saturday.
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Gen Prayuth told journalists that it is believed that the weapons and ammunition were taken from the infantry centre on several occasions which are “difficult to check.”

He said punishment had been meted to responsible officials and police have been mobilized to assist in finding the stolen weapons.

Army spokesman Col Sansern Kaewkamnerd said earlier that the weapons were found to be unaccounted for during the duty handover of the 1st Infantry Battalion in January.

The weapons reportedly missing included 30 M-16 assault rifles and more than 100 other weapons — Belgian-made FN Minimi light machine guns, 11mm handguns and 60mm mortars — and a large quantity of assorted ammunition.

Gen Prayuth said he was informed that “outsiders may have joined army officials” at the 1st Infantry Battalion in stealing the weapons which would probably be sold at the Thai border.

He said he was optimistic that the culprits would be apprehended soon.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said it is the duty of the army chief to find out who were responsible for stealing the weapons.

“Initially, it is believed that the missing weapons would be taken and used along the border. They are not expected to be used in the country,” Mr Abhisit added.

Report by : MCOT online news

Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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