Villagers killed, volunteer injured in Pattani

Villagers killed, volunteer injured in Pattani

Rescue workers handle the body of a villager who was shot dead at a grocery in Mayo district, Pattani, late Wednesday night. (Photo by Abdulloh Benjakat)
Rescue workers handle the body of a villager who was shot dead at a grocery in Mayo district, Pattani, late Wednesday night. (Photo by Abdulloh Benjakat)

PATTANI: A villager was shot dead and a defence volunteer was injured by gunmen in Mayo and Kapho districts late Wednesday night.

In Mayo, Doha Jeha was shot in front of a grocery in Ban Balatae village of tambon La Nga.

In Kapho, defence volunteer Lukman Mawaecha was shot in his thigh in front of Ban Plong Hoi School. He was rushed to Kapho Hospital.

Mr Lukman was on leave and was riding his motorcycle back home after sending off a friend. He was shot with a pistol. Local police were investigating the incidents.

On Tuesday, defence volunteers Muhammad Hafisi Muelee and Jehyunai Jehbueheng were shot dead on a road in Ban Toh Deng village of tambon Toh Deng in Sungai Padi district of Narathiwat.

They normally stood guard at Ban Phlong School. About 100 spent shells were found at the scene. Police assumed at least six gunmen killed them.

Local security authorities believe it was an act of insurgents led by Toyeb Maekalong and Yaswan Ayee. They were active in tambon Riko and tambon Toh Deng of Sungai Padi district and hid on a mountain range.

On Thursday local authorities handed financial aid worth 560,000 baht each to the families of the dead volunteers. The Southern Border Provinces Administrative Centre would also offer vocational training to their widows and pay tuition fees for their children until they graduate.


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