Maybe he was just on the way to fertilize his garden. Yeah, that’s it. Thai jihad update, from Bangkok’s The Nation, with thanks to Twostellas:
Police arrested a local Muslim official in Narathiwat on Sunday night following a high-speed chase after the man ran a checkpoint. In the pickup, the officers discovered a large amount of fertiliser that could be used to make bombs.
Meanwhile, three men were fatally shot in a grocery store in Yala’s Yaha district by armed intruders. One man died at the scene and the two others at hospital. In a separate incident, two men on a motorcycle shot and injured a Muslim man in a drive-by shooting in Yala’s Raman district.
The driver of the pickup in Narathiwat, Somchai Arwae, maintained his innocence. He was held for further questioning.
Police said the Muslim man was found to be carrying 11 bags of fertiliser concentrate weighing a total of 220 kilograms. Suspicions arose over the intended use of the chemicals after the man ran a police checkpoint in Muang district. During a subsequent search of Somchai’s house, police located another 33 bags of similar highly concentrated fertiliser. Each bag weighed 20kg, investigators said.