- A plot to assassinate the Thai prime minister was reportedly uncovered by police
- A cache of weapons were seized from a house that belongs to a fugitive ant-junta activists
- The groups is said to be planning to kill Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha
BANGKOK, Thailand – The police in Thailand claimed to have uncovered a plot to assassinate the country’s leader following the seizure of cache of weapons from a group identified with exiled Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
The stockpile of several rifles, grenades and different kinds of ammunitions were reportedly found in a house that belongs to a member of the red shirt movement named Wuthipong Kochathamakun who is also a fugitive anti-junta activist, said Reuters in its report.
The weapons were discovered on Sunday and the police said this could be part of a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha.
“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,” said National Police Chief Jakthip Chaijinda.
Prayuth is the army chief who played a major role in the 2014 coup against former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Thaksin’s equally popular sister.
Wuthipong’s group allegedly repeatedly warned on social media about Prayuth’s downfall; saying the latter might be killed.
However, the police remains without any solid evidence of the assassination plot other than the seized weapons.
Meanwhile, the Thai government vowed it will crush any destabilization attempt by the red shirt movement.
“Whatever causes unrest, we will put it out,” said Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan.