Three southerners from Pattani and Narathiwat who allegedly plotted bombing attacks in Bangkok in October were handed over to the police on Wednesday by the military after their arrest in early November.

The three suspects whose identities were not disclosed were handed over by the military to Pol Gen Srivara Rangseepromnakul, deputy chief of the Royal Thai Police, and a handful of Crime Suppression Division police officers.

Informed military sources said the military had launched a manhunt for the three suspects, two from Narathiwat and one from Pattani, after they received a tipoff that the trio planned to mount bombing attacks in Bangkok during October 25-30.

Military troops first raided a hostel in Muang Mai Bang Phli in Samut Prakan on October 17 after they received a tipoff that the three suspects might be hiding there, but no traces of the trio were found.

Then in early November, military troops managed to apprehend the trio and took them into custody at an undisclosed location for interrogation during which they allegedly confessed to the bombing plot.

No details were available about where and when they were captured by the military.

The trio were subjected to medical checkup before they were to be interrogated by the police. Later on, they will be escorted for re-enactment at a spot where they allegedly dumped their explosive devices, said a police source.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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