Ranger shot, wounded in Sungai Kolok
A paramilitary ranger was critically injured in a drive-by shooting in Narathiwat’s Sungai Kolok district on Thursday night, police said.
- Published: 3/05/2013 at 11:32 AM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
Pol Lt Amornsak Ngokekhao, duty officer at Sungai Kolok police station, said he received a report about 8.10pm that a ranger was shot and seriously wounded on the bypass road near Issara Housing Estate in Sungai Kolok municipality.
He led a joint police and military force to the scene and found a motorcycle lying in the middle of the road and bloodstains.
Pol Lt Amornsak was advised by villagers that the injured ranger had already been taken to Sungai Kolok hospital.
He was identified as Ranger Suradi Puteh, 22, of Rangers Company 4510, based at an outpost in Ban Kutong in Narathiwat’s Rangae district. He was on leave to visit his home in Sungai Padi district.
According to witnesses, Mr Suradi was riding pillion on his friend’s motorcycle heading to Sungai Kolok when a gunman in a pickup truck fired six shots at him and his friend. The assailants then fled.
Suradi sustained critical wounds. He was hit by two bullets, one his his back and one in the back of his skull.
Police blamed separatist militants.
Defence Minister Sukumpol Suwanatat said before leaving for Pattani on Friday morning that his visit is for visiting security officials working in the restive South as scheduled.
Asked about security measures for Thai Buddhist people in the far South after separatist militants scattered leaflets threatening of more terrorism until the government accepts demands of the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN), ACM Sukumpol said the measures will be changed in line with the changing situation.
The Internal Security Operations Command, Region 4, knows well on what to do if the situation becomes more intense, he added.
The defence minister said he does not believe the leaflet was issued by the BRN as it is easy to print and scatter such leaflets.
Questioned on the brutally killing of six people, including a two-year-old boy, at the grocery shop in tambon Rusamelae in Pattani’s Muang district by four gunmen on Wednesday night, ACM Sukumpol said he did not want to mention about it as it would be a giving credit to the bad guys.
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