Police have arrested five men in connection with the mass murder of eight members of a family including three children last week in Krabi, Thailand .
Thailand was thrown into shock on Monday,. July 13, over the massacre of the family at a residence of a village headman in Krabi’s Ao Luek district. The victims included the village headman himself and seven others.
Police also seized a Toyota fortuner the suspects used in the crime. It was taken to a police unit for forensic officials to collect evidence.
It is still unclear the motive of the killing, police source said. The suspects were taken to Pang Nga province where they are believed to dump weapons and destroy evidence. Police source said that most of the suspects were native of Pang Nga.
According to police, there were six or seven men in the group, all wearing camouflage outfits.
They arrived at the house of Vorayut Sanglang, head of village 1 in tambon Ban Klang, in two vehicles around 4pm on Monday and demanded entry to search it. All family members were warned not to try to leave.
The gunmen then waited. About 8pm Vorayut arrived home. He and the other members of the family were handcuffed and blindfolded. Around midnight they were killed. Most were shot in the head, Pol Capt Suwit Kaewpreecha, deputy chief investigator at Ao Luk, told reporters.
The killers left, taking Vorayut’s Toyota car with them.
Police called to the scene found six people dead inside the house – two men, two women and two girls. Six other people had serious gunshot wounds and were rushed to Ao Luk Hospital.
Vorayut and a third girl were pronounced dead shortly after, Chaiwut Buathong, chief of Ao Luk district, said.
The three other wounded people, a woman and two girls, remained in hospital in a serious condition.
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