Villagers free officials and police in Narathiwat
Local villagers have freed a group of border patrol police and officials on Tuesday who raided their village in Narathiwat's Bacho district and arrested two suspects in connection with the murders of two marines last year.
After 15-minute negotiation, the villagers of Dukasulaow village agreed for the group to bring the suspects to Bacho police station for further interrogation.
Narathiwat Governor Pracha Tehrat said there were about 30 villagers who involved in the incident. "The police and officials were about to bring out the village the suspects when the villagers surrounded them and prevented them from leaving the village," Pracha said.
However the tense was relieved after the authorities negotiated and explained the situation to the villagers.
"It is just a misunderstanding," the governor said.
Some 500 police and soldiers had been deployed to village in Bacho precinct after learning of the incident at about 4pm.
The incident came just days after a group of villagers in Narathiwat's Rangae district held hostage and beat two teachers after they demanded the authorities to free two suspects in connection with the murders of two marines.
One of the teacher, Juling Pengamoon, was still in coma and doctors said only miracle can help her life.