Four injured in Narathiwat attack

Four people were wounded in shooting and motorcycle bomb attacks in Narathiwat's Muang district on Wednesday evening.

  • Published: 9/01/2013 at 10:18 PM
  • Newspaper section: news

The shooting occurred at Nong Nad karaoke bar on Kok Kian Road at about 7pm.       

Police investigating the scene said two men on a motorcycle fired four shots into the bar, injuring three waitresses.

The three were Samran Tongbai, 35, Tipsuda Sajjawa, 15 and Petchmanee Janthaburi, 26, who was shot in the leg and arm.

About 15 minutes later, while paramedics were rushing the injured to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, a motorcycle bomb exploded at a local food shop opposite the bar. The explosion injured a 14-year-old male passer-by identified as Suhajrawan Jae-soh, and caused damage to the shop and two cars parked on the premisies. 

Police said a 10kg improvised explosive device (IED) connected to an alarm clock was hidden in a Honda Wave motorcycle parked in front of the food shop. It was intended to target and kill officials who rushed to the shooting scene, they said.

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In a related development, a group of militants fired two M79 grenades at a military base of Narathiwat 30 Special Task Force in tambon Samakkhi of Rueso district at 8.30pm, but both missed the target. 

The soldiers returned fire at the attackers who were hiding in a nearby rubber plantation, and a 10-minute gunfight ensued. The militants then fled the scene. No officer was injured in the shootout.

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