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Khao Laem National Park ranger commits suicide after stabbing colleague

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A park ranger from Khao Laem National Park in Kanchanaburi’s Sangkhla Buri district reportedly stabbed another ranger before shooting himself the day before yesterday, said Thewin Meesub, head of the park in question.

“After hearing about the incident via radio communications, we contacted the 9th Infantry Regiment to dispatch a helicopter on Thursday evening to retrieve the body of the deceased ranger Kathawut (surname withheld) as well as the stabbed ranger.

The rescue was slow and difficult as both rangers were in a deep forest where the helicopter was unable to land.

“At 9 am yesterday, rescuers reported that Phakphum was now stable after successfully reaching him on foot and treating him,” he added. “Officials said they expected the evacuation of the injured ranger and body by helicopter could begin.”

Thewin added that the two rangers were on a mission to install cameras in the forest to study tigers and other wildlife in the southern part of Khao Laem National Park. “Park officials will investigate the cause of the incident, but we suspected they were both arguing before Kathawut stabbed Phakphum and then shot himself,” he said.

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