Defence volunteers slain in South (pic)
PATTANI - Three defence volunteers were killed and their weapons stolen in the deep South late on Monday morning.
- Published: 8/10/2012 at 03:04 PM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
Police received a report of the attack in Pattani's Yaring district about noon.
Arriving at the scene they found one body next to a pickup truck and two bodies inside the vehicle.
The three dead men were defence volunteers, identified as Nam Saksongmuang, Surasak Saksongmuang and Somsak Khunchum.
The men's bodies and the pickup truck were riddled with bullets, police said.
The victims were returning home when gunmen in another pickup truck opened fire at them with assault rifles.
Two rifles and two pistols belonging to the defence volunteers were stolen.
Police blamed separatist militants.
More than 5,000 people have been killed and over 9,000 hurt in more than 11,000 incidents, about 3.5 a day, in the three southernmost provinces and the four districts of Songkhla since violence erupted afresh in January 2004, according to Deep South Watch.
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