Ranger, policeman shot dead in deep South

Ranger, policeman shot dead in deep South

HAT YAI - An army ranger and a policeman were shot dead in separate violence in the deep South.

Pol Cpt Pracha Haedhak said the body of army ranger Saifru Hasimae was found Thursday in Yala province. No motive for his killing has been established.

Separately, five gunmen opened fire Thursday at a police station in Narathiwat province, killing a policeman and wounding three others.

Pol Col Surapong Chatsuth said the attack appeared to be retaliation for a gun battle Wednesday at a police checkpoint that resulted in the deaths of two gunmen.

Police said the gunfight on Wednesday occurred after a pickup truck tried to escape from a police checkpoint and its passengers began shooting at officers. The police fired back, killing two people.

Yuthanam Petchmuang, a deputy spokesman for Army Region 4, said the two men were suspected of being responsible for an attack in early March that killed four people.

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