A gang of Islamic militants is believed to be behind a brazen arson attack on an administrative office in Narathiwat province yesterday.
Witnesses said the attackers had intended to kill a Buddhist employee at the Bacho Tambon Administrative Organisation (TAO) office, but burned the building instead after the employee could not be found.
Seven armed men stormed into the office shortly after noon, Abdulwaha Dulayapinij, the office's chief administrator, said. He told police he and seven other employees were on their way to lunch when the attack happened.
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