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Fairly or unfairly, locals are blaming rangers for the shootings deaths of their loved ones. 

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Relatives of Muslim men shot dead by military rangers mourn ahead of their burial at a cemetery in Pattani province yesterday. AFP

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South shooting sparks outrage

Military rangers deny they targetted innocents


The military is backing rangers who shot dead four Muslims and injured four after angry locals claimed innocent people had been targetted.

The shooting, in Pattani's Nong Chik district on Sunday night, took place as military rangers were chasing suspected insurgents who attacked the 4302 military ranger base at Ban Namdum in tambon Pulo Puyo in the district around 8.30pm. Nine Muslim men were travelling in a pickup truck when they were stopped by military rangers on highway No.418 near Moo 1 of Ban Kayi in tambon Pulo Puyo and were fired upon by the officers.

Authorities claimed someone in the vehicle opened fire on the rangers, prompting them to return fire, killing four and injuring four on the vehicle. One person managed to escape unhurt.

The four dead people were identified as Ropa Bueraheng, 18, Isaman Dueramae, 55, Saha Samae, 62, and Hama Sani, 65. The four injured were the driver, Ya Dueramae, 58, Ma-ae Doloh, 76, Maruding Waekaji, 15, and Sobree Bueraheng, 19. Adbullah Ni, 15, was the only one of the survivors who managed to escape unhurt.

The injured were taken to Nong Chik hospital and were reported to be making a swift recovery. Mr Ya was discharged yesterday.

The four dead people were buried yesterday at a Muslim cemetery in a funeral ceremony attended by many local Muslims.

Muslim men yesterday bury the body of a man who was shot dead by military rangers on Sunday night. AFP

The incident caused outrage among residents and relatives of the dead and injured, who said the military had overreacted and tried to brand innocent people as insurgents.

Mr Maruding, one of the injured, said his group was coming back from prayers at a funeral at Ban Thung Pho in tambon Lipa Sa-ngo in Non Chik district. He said it was very dark when the pickup truck reached the scene where the vehicle was called to stop. Mr Maruding said a burst of gunfire broke out as the pickup slowed down.

"I had no idea who shot us and we did not shoot back because we did not carry any firearms," he said. "I had to run for my life. I don't know why they had to shoot us."

Maj Gen Akara Thiprojana, deputy director of the forward command of the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) Region 4, said yesterday armed suspected militants fired three M79 grenades at the military ranger base around 8.30pm on Sunday.

The assailants fled in a pickup truck, prompting military rangers to send forces to try to intercept the vehicle, Maj Gen Akara said.

Around 8.50pm, a pickup reached the scene, with two motorcycles riding alongside. When the rangers waved them down, the pickup truck was moving backwards from the checkpoint until it went off the road and into a roadside ditch, Maj Gen Akara said. The two motorcycles turned back and managed to escape.

He said when the rangers tried to search the pickup, one of the passengers opened fire, prompting the rangers to return fire. After the gunfight ended, the rangers found four people dead and four injured.

Two firearms, an AK-47 and a 11mm pistol, were discovered in the vehicle, Maj Gen Akara said.

He said the firearms and the vehicle could serve as evidence to find its owners and those involved.

He said it has not yet been confirmed if all of those in the vehicle were linked with the insurgency, pending the results of forensic tests.

However, he said those in the pickup truck might have been used by insurgents as human shields.
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relative – a member of your family ญาติพี่น้อง
rangers –soldiers who are specially trained to make surprise attacks on an enemy ทหารเฉพาะกิจสำหรับสงครามกองโจรหรือการจู่โจมอย่างกะทันหัน
mourn – to feel extremely sad because someone has died and to express this in public ไว้อาลัย, ไว้ทุกข์, เศร้าโศก
burial – the act of putting a dead body into the ground, or the ceremony connected with this การฝังศพ
cemetery – the area of ground where dead people are buried or their bodies or ashes are kept สุสาน
spark – to make something happen ก่อให้เกิด
outrage – extreme anger  ความโกรธอย่างรุนแรง
deny – to say that you did not do something that someone has accused you of doing ปฏิเสธ
target – a particular number or amount that you want to achieve เป้าหมาย
innocent – a person who has not done anything wrong ผู้บริสุทธิ์
back – to support สนับสนุน
injured – hurt in an accident or attack ซึ่งได้รับบาดเจ็บ
locals – people who live in a particular place ชาวบ้าน
suspected – thought to be something เป็นที่สงสัย
insurgent – someone who belongs to a group of people fighting to take control of their country or area by force กลุ่มกบฏ
base – a place where an army, a navy, etc. operates from ฐานทัพ, ฐานที่มั่น
authorities – people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
prompt – to cause someone to take action กระตุ้น
manage – to succeed in doing something สำเร็จ,จัดการได้สำเร็จ, ทำได้สำเร็จ
identified – named  ระบุชื่อ
survivor – someone who still exists after an event that could have killed or destroyed them ผู้รอดชีวิต
swift – quick อย่างรวดเร็ว
recovery – the process of becoming normal and healthy again การฟื้นฟู
discharge – to allow someone officially to leave somewhere, especially a prison, hospital or a court of law ได้รับอนุญาตให้ออกจาก
funeral – a ceremony that takes place after someone dies งานศพ
incident – something that happens, usually something bad เหตุการณ์
resident – a person who lives in a particular area ผู้พักอาศัย, ผู้อยู่อาศัยในบริเวณ  ประชาชนที่อาศัยในท้องที่
overreact – to react in an extreme way, especially in a frightened or angry way มีปฏิกิริยารุนแรงเกินไป
brand – to describe something as being bad or unpleasant
funeral – a ceremony that takes place after someone dies งานศพ
burst – a short series of shots from a gun
firearms – guns อาวุธปืน
deputy – a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation รอง
Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) – a unit of the Thai military devoted to national security issues กองอำนวยการรักษาความมั่นคงภายใน (กอ.รมน.)
armed – carrying a weapon  ติดอาวุธ
suspected – thought to be something เป็นที่สงสัย
militants – people who use violent or forceful methods to achieve something  ผู้ใช้ความรุนแรงในการโจมตี
grenade – a small bomb that someone throws or fires from a gun ลูกระเบิดเล็ก
assailant – someone who violently attacks another person  ผู้ทำร้าย
fled (past of flee) – escaped; left an area very quickly because of a danger there หนีไป
intercept – to stop and catch something or someone before they are able to reach a particular place สกัด
scene – site; a place where something happens or happened สถานที่เกิดเหตุ
ditch - a long narrow open channel dug into the ground usually at the side of a road or field, which is used especially for supplying or removing water, or for dividing land คูน้ำ
pistol – a small gun that you hold in one hand ปืนพก,ปืนสั้น
discover – to find somebody/something ค้นพบ
evidence – facts, signs or objects that make you believe that something is true หลักฐาน,ข้อแสดง
involved – taking part or having a role in something เกี่ยวข้อง
linked – connected เชื่อมโยง
pending – waiting to be dealt with, settled or completed ยังค้างอยู่, ซึ่งยังไม่จบสิ้น, อยู่ในระหว่าง
forensic – relating to the use of scientific methods to solve  crimes or to find out why something happened เกี่ยวกับนิติวิทยาศาสตร์
human shield – a line or group of people in front of another person or group แนวบ้องกัน

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