Cops nab 'mastermind' in Krabi slaying

Debt row prompts reprisal killings

Debts and death threats appear to be the motive behind the killings of eight people, including three children, at a house in Krabi's Ao Luk district last week, police said.

The suspected mastermind of the murders has been identified as Surikfat Bannopwongsakul, 41, a resident of Phangnga who was arrested along with seven others in connection with the family massacre.

National police chief Chakthip Chaijinda (second from right) and other senior police question the suspected mastermind of the Krabi massacre, Surikfat Bannopwongsakul, 41, with back to camera. (Photos provided by Royal Thai Police)

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