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As soldiers and police in the deep south are launching extensive dragnet to hunt down six southern militants responsible for the hijacking of a school milk deliver truck yesterday in Saiburi district of Pattani, a 100,000 baht cash reward is now offered for anyone who can give information of the whereabout of the truck as they feared the truck could be turned into a car bomb.
The six militants in three motorcycles approached the driver of the milk delivery truck while he was delivering milks to Ban Chamao Samton school at Tambon Taorabol in Saiburi district yesterday afternoon.
The armed robbers ordered the driver and the truck boy to leave the truck at gunpoint.
One of the robbers then took control of the wheel and drove off on the Highway 42 from Pattani to Narathiwat.
Upon alerted, police and soldiers then set up roadblocks along the Highway to intercept the truck.
However until late in the afternoon there was no trace of the robbers and the stolen truck although airborne search also took part in the dragnet.
Security authorities believed the truck is still in the province but was helped by their local elements to conceal it somewhere.
Authorities said normally the stolen vehicle would be repainted and replaced with fake license plate before turning into a car bomb.
A 100,000 baht reward is now offered for information of the stolen truck which is a bronze colour Isuzu Dmax with license plate บธ-1426 ปัตตานี.