Thai police were alert by local villagers in Sungai Padi district about the presence of the commandos-clad men armed with rifles and machine guns in a rubber field in the district.The commander of Thailand's Fourth Army Area Command said it best after he released the 6 commandos. From Bangkok Post:
Fourth Army Region overseeing the areas sent about 50 soldiers to the site.
Confiscated from them were six rifles, machine guns and rounds of ammunitions. Found with them were canned food and tents.
A police source quoted one of the men as saying that they just got lost because their radio broke. They said they had no intention to invade into the Thai soil. The men then were brought by a helicopter to a headquarter for further interrogation.
Lt Gen Ongkorn Thongprasom, commander of Thailand's Fourth Army Area Command, and chief of the Southern Border Provinces Peacekeeping Command (SBPPC), said the repatriation took place in a friendly atmosphere after investigators found the soldiers simply became lost while patrolling the border separating the two neighboring countries.Malaysian commandos with little knowledge of maps! Hahaha! At least he has a sense of humour.
He said the six soldiers were only low ranking army personnel who have little knowledge of maps.
They were arrested by police in Sukirin district in Narathiwat Monday evening.
''They are definitely not spies," Lt-Gen Ongkorn said.."If they were, they would not have worn uniform.''