Father: Militant son was indoctrinated

Family shocked by hostage drama in deep South

APOLOGY: Maruding Arwae says his son Nur-arsan was always a well-behaved and devout Muslim who studied hard.

The father of a militant suspect shot dead by authorities during Wednesday's vehicle robberies in the deep South believes his son was indoctrinated and misled into committing the crime in which a hostage was also killed.

Maruding Arwae said his son -- Nur-arsan Arwae, a 27-year-old resident of Pattani's Muang district -- had been a law-abiding citizen who paid his way through college.

"I'm really sorry for what happened," said Mr Maruding.

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