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The driver of a tambon administration organisation (TAO) vehicle was seriously wounded when a gunman attacked a pickup carrying five local officials in Narathiwat's Rangae district on Wednesday, police said. 

Pol Lt Pichitsak Hatthapanit, the duty officer at Rangae police station, said the attack occurred about 12.20pm on a road at Ban Bango Sato, about 400 metres from the Bango Sato TAO office.

Mayali Salae, 38, deputy chairman of the Bango Sato TAO, said while he and four other TAO officials were leaving the office in a pick-up truck, driven by Haripan Khatai, 33, for a New Year party in Muang district, they were followed by two men on a motorcycle.

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