Journalist’s car sprayed with bullets

Forensic officials yesterday check the bullet trajectories and damage after perpetrators shot at the car of Chatchai Suksomneuk, a senior reporter at Pim Thai newspaper, which was parked at his house in Bangkok
Forensic officials yesterday check the bullet trajectories and damage after perpetrators shot at the car of Chatchai Suksomneuk, a senior reporter at Pim Thai newspaper, which was parked at his house in Bangkok

BANGKOK: Unknown assailants sprayed a journalist’s Honda CRV with bullets yesterday morning while it was parked outside his home in Bangkok’s Thon Buri district.

Chatchai Suksomneuk, 56, whose beat covers the Royal Thai Police head office for Pim Thai newspaper and also for Japan’s NHK agency, was unharmed.

After learning of the shooting at 7am, Bukkhalo Police Station superintendent Pol Colonel Jinnawat Konthong inspected the car and found six bullet holes in the chassis and five in the windshield. Investigators also collected four slugs from the scene.

Chatchai told police that he had returned home on Monday evening from a funeral and only heard about the gunshots when a motorcycle taxi driver, who had come by to fix Chatchai’s bicycle, alerted him.

The journalist said it was clear his car had been targeted, although he added that he did not have disputes with anyone and his news reports were always based on facts. He added that most of his reports about the police bureau were positive and could not have been the cause of the attack. – The Nation/Asia News Network

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