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Pattaya Daily News

11 April 2008 :: 17:04:26 pm 11597

Motorcycle Gunmen Terrorize Naklua Residents Then Target Press, Pdn‘S Reporter Among Them

Ten members of a partially armed, teenage motorcycle gang attempted to gun down innocent victims at twilight in Naklua, on April 11, 2008, injuring 4, including one of the members of the press sent to cover the incident. PDN‘s very own reporter was actually the pressman in question. All the victims were lucky to escape with their lives.
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The injured victims were taken by Good Samaritans to Banglamung and Bangkok Pattaya Hospitals at 5am, from where officials notified Pattaya police that five individuals suffering from gunshot-wounds had been admitted.

Police investigators learnt from Mr. Anuwat Nilbphothong (20), from Naklua, that he and a group of friends were asleep in his house, when they were woken by the load roar of motorbikes outside. Going out to investigate, they were confronted by 10 teenagers on 6 bikes, one of whom drew a gun and began blazing away at Anuwat and his friends. Although wounded, they all managed to escape into woods behind the house, via the back door. The gang pursued them, still shooting, but didn’t succeed in hitting any of them, this time. The gang subsequently drove off, but stayed in the vicinity, as subsequent events would make apparent.

Neighbours, who had witnessed the shooting, were too afraid to intervene, But, fortunately, other concerned individuals volunteered to take the injured friends to hospital.

Shortly after, police were alerted that a group of reporters sent to report on the incident had also been shot at by the teenage motorcycle delinquents. Arriving at the same location as the original incident, police found Mr. Kamphi Arbsuwan,(23), our PDN reporter, Mr.Wachara Gaew-galong (22) and Mr. Wacharapas Ramkomut (28), from local newspapers, waiting for the officers. Mr. Kamphi, with a bullet hole into both his jacket and shirt, told police that he had entered the soi, riding pillion behind Mr. Wachara, when they were confronted by an armed motorcyclist who threatened them with a gun. At this point, Mr. Wacharapas also rode into the soi, but seeing the gunman, rode off in the other direction.

Faced with imminent death, Mr. Kamphi leapt off the bike and attempted to escape, but the gunman began shooting, winging him, but not seriously. Mr. Wachara sped off on his bike, but was pursued by another gunman, who shot at him, hitting his milometer. Following this, both gunmen initially drove off, but shortly after returned to try and finish the reporters off.

The reporters, however, had other plans and successfully hid until the gunmen lost interest and finally sped off. The reporters then considered it safe to emerge from hiding and wait for the police.

Police, later, with the testimony of the wounded victims, positively identified the gang leader as Kritsada Bphon-Bpai (20) aka Tao Naklua, a notorious criminal and two of his accomplices as Aathakorn Ai-sim (18), and Makha Boon-sa-nguen (22), both from Naklua.

Banglamung Superintendent, Pol.Col.Sarayut Sa-nguen-bpo-kai stated that this is an audacious, notorious gang, involved with illegal drugs and firearms, who have no fear of the police. Although only 3 of the 10 have so far been identified, police are confident of catching the remainder and have applied for an arrest warrant accordingly.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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