Thai police said that on Sunday they uncovered a plot to assassinate the country’s prime minister after seizing a weapons cache belonging to a fugitive anti-junta activist.
It is the latest discovery of a weapon stockpile belonging to a member of the red shirt movement, a political group loyal to exiled Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Police on Saturday found dozens of rifles and grenades, and thousands of rounds of ammunition, at a house belonging to red shirt leader Wuthipong Kochathamakun, who has been on the run since the military coup.
Police also arrested nine men in connection with the arms seizure, saying they had clear evidence the suspects and their extended network were aiming to cause unrest.
“We found a rifle with a scope. We guarantee that this is not to shoot at birds but was going to be used to assassinate the leader of the country,” National Police Chief Chakthip Chaijinda told reporters on Sunday, referring to Prime Minister…
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