Asst village chief slain, ranger shot
An assistant village headman was killed in a drive-by shooting in Pattani’s Khok Pho district on Tuesday morning, police said.
- Published: 19/02/2013 at 10:43 AM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
The victim was identified as Somsak Surasith, 44, assistant village chief of Moo 4 in tambon Khok Pho, said Pol Col Suchart Assawachinda, chief of Khok Pho police station.
Witnesses told police that Somsak was travelling on his motorcycle on the rural road at Moo 3, tambon Pa Bon of Khok Pho when a gunman riding pillion on another motorcycle fired at him with handgun.
Somsak took bullets in the head and torso and died on the spot.
Police blamed separatist militants.
Earlier this morning, a former paramilitary ranger was wounded in a drive-by shooting in Yala’s Yaha district.
Police said Marase Saekaela, 28, a resident of Moo 5, tambon Patae of Yaha district, was travelling on his motorcycle on a rural road in his village when he was shot by a gunman on another motorcycle. The attackers then fled.
Marase was hit in his right shoulder and taken to Yaha hospital.
Police were investigating.
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