BRN core member dies in Malaysia

Kariya Yalapae, a former religious teacher or ustaz of Thamwitthaya Moolanithi School in Yala, died on Saturday of heart failure in Malaysia, said a source.

According to the source, Kariya, whose Malay name was Sakariya bin Abdul Wahab, died of heart disease at a village in Kelantan State at the age of 56.

A Thai security source said Kariya was a leader in the Dewan Kegiatan Pemuda (DKP), a youth affairs organisation of the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN).  He was wanted under several arrest warrants in security-related cases.

His body was reportedly brought back for an Islamic burial ceremony at his home village in tambon Tha Sap in Yala's Muang district last night at 10pm.

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