Military apologises for shooting at innocent student

Maj Gen Jatuporn Klampasut, commander of the Pattani ad hoc force, left, looks on as Sgt Preecha Intharangsee, 31, apologises for firing his gun at a student after crashing into her motorcycle, in Pattani province on Wednesday. (Photo by Abdulloh Benjakat)

PATTANI - The chief of an ad hoc force in this southern border province on Wednesday apologised after a sergeant fired repeatedly at a college student after hitting her motorcycle with his truck on Tuesday evening.

Maj Gen Jatuporn Klampasut, commander of the Pattani ad hoc force, held a press conference at the Ingkha Yuttha Borihan camp in Nong Chik district and had Sgt Preecha Intharangsi, 31 - his head shaved and wearing orange military prison garb - apologise for the incident, in which no one was hurt.

Maj Gen Jatuporn said he was sorry for the incident and that Sgt Preecha fired his 9mm gun in a state of emotional agitation after quarrelling with his wife.

Sgt Preecha would face the harshest punishment of the military, he said, and local police would send their investigative report to the local military court soon.

Police said that Sgt Preecha's truck hit the parked motorcycle of Hanan Suden, a student of the Prince of Songkhla University's Pattani campus, in front of a dormitory on Charoen Pradit Road in Muang district at about 5.30pm Tuesday.

When the student showed up to inquire about the crash, the sergeant fired three shots at her. The bullets missed, and the girl ran away to the dormitory. Her friends said the sergeant also scolded them and fired two more shots in the air.

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