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11 men arrested for alleged threat to national security: Thai Police

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Rural Royal Thai Police pick up truck in Na Wa, Nakhon Phanom province

Rural Royal Thai Police pick up truck in Na Wa, Nakhon Phanom province. Photo: Mattes.

BANGKOK, Oct 4 – The Thai authorities have detained 11 men suspected of involvement in a movement to overthrow Thailand’s revered monarchy and planning the assassination of the country’s key public figures, a senior police officer said on Monday.

Provincial Police Region 5 designated commander Pol Maj Gen Chaiya Siriamphankul said the 11 were arrested in a resort in Chiang Mai’s Mae On district and they are well-trained in using firearms.

The detainees are linked with a movement to destroy national security and planned to kill the country’s very important persons as well as overthrow the monarchy, said Gen Chaiya, adding that investigation is underway to lead to other accomplices in the northeastern and eastern regions.

The 11 are now under a witness protection scheme to reveal more information to the authorities, said Gen Chaiya.


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