Krabi massacre suspect detained

Forensic police work at the house in Krabi where 11 family members were shot on Monday after gunmen raided the premises. Eight were killed and three seriously injured. (Photo courtesy of the Crime Suppression Division)

Police on Friday detained a rock-grinding mill operator for questioning suspecting him of ordering the execution-style slayings of a Krabi village head and his family. Now they are hunting for the gunmen, believed to be retired soldiers, in Nakhon Si Thammarat province.

That followed an extensive investigation that included questioning of an eyewitness who survived the attack that left eight people dead, including three children.

According to sources, the eyewitness was at the home of village headman Worayuth Sanglang in Ao Luk district when he returned there at about 8pm on Monday. Worayuth was detained together with other family members and visitors, 11 people in all.

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