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Police hold two suspects for gun attack on Phuket Imam

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Police responded quickly to the report of the attempted assassination of Phuket Imam Weerachart Kahapana. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub


PHUKET: -- Police are questioning two men in hospital for the attempted assassination of a Phuket Imam while he was driving home last night (Aug 4).


The Imam, Weerachart Kahapana, of Baan Bangpae Mosque in Pa Khlok, is also in the same hospital recovering from a bullet wound to the abdomen.


His 3-year-old son, who was sitting on the back saet of the car when his assailants opened fire, was unharmed in the attack.


Police were alerted to the shooting, in Soi Koh Kaew 24, off Thepkrasattri Rd – in the heart of the Koh Kaew subdistrict north of Phuket Town – at 8:45pm. Phuket City Police Chief Col Kamol Osiri, Deputy Chief Col Peerayuth Karajadee and forensic officers responded to the call.


At the scene, officers found a Honda City sedan crashed into a guard rail and a concrete pole. There were four bullet holes in the driver’s window.


Jammed under the front of the vehicle was a Honda Dream motorbike without a license plate. Nearby on the road was one flip-flop and two helmets.


The driver of the car, Imam Weerachart, was rushed to Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket Town. He was conscious and recounted the attack to police.


Full story: http://www.thephuketnews.com/police-hold-two-suspects-for-gun-attack-on-phuket-imam-58556.php

-- © Copyright Phuket News 2016-08-05

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