Thai couple abducted & murdered by Islamists

A security officer wraps the bodies of the dead couple after they were retrieved from the river in Songkhla's Thepha district on Wednesday morning. (Photo by Assawin Pakkawan)

The brutally beaten bodies of a couple who were abducted and their pickup later used as a car bomb have been found dumped in a river in Thepha district.

The bodies of Kartpon Puwawimon, 51, and his wife Thitapa Puwawimon, 41, of Thepha district, were found in the Thepha River beneath Ruam Chai Phak Bridge in tambon Tha Muang,  Pol Col Weerawut Sannakit, chief of Thepha police, said on Wednesday.

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The discovery was reported to police about 8.30am. Investigators hurried to the scene.

Pol Col Weerawat said the victims’ eyes had been covered with tape, their arms were tied and they had been beaten about the head.

They were earlier reported to have been abducted from a rubber plantation in Tha Muang of Songkhla early on Tuesday. Bloodstains were found on the bridge.

Later on Tuesday, security forces found the couple’s stolen brown Mitsubishi Strada pickup parked near a border patrol police camp in Thepha district. Inside were two cooking gas cylinders packed with 80kg of explosives. Explosive ordnance disposal police safely defused the car bomb.

Police investigators were examining images from surveillance cameras along routes believed used by the insurgents.

-The Bangkok Post

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