Couple wounded in Songkhla gun attack

Couple wounded in Songkhla gun attack

The partial view of a pickup attacked by two men when the owner and his wife drove it to their rubber plantation in Thepha district of Songkhla province on Sunday. (Photo by Assawin Pakkawan)
The partial view of a pickup attacked by two men when the owner and his wife drove it to their rubber plantation in Thepha district of Songkhla province on Sunday. (Photo by Assawin Pakkawan)

SONGKHLA: A man and his wife were injured when a pick-up they were travelling in was fired upon by two men in Thepha district of this southern border province early Sunday.

Pol Col Panyawat Phetchum, a police investigator, said the incident occurred at about 2am at a rubber plantation near Thung Ri village in tambon Wang Yai.

Prapas Salao, 49, and his wife Mrs Aree, 43, were driving to the plantation to tap latex when they found the road blocked with a tree trunk. Two men hiding in the bushes opened fire at the pick-up with an M16 rifle and a .38 pistol.

Mr Prapas was hit once in the right arm with an M16 bullet while his wife was hit in the right leg with a .38 slug.

Two spent M16 shells were found at the scene. The gunshots left bullet holes on the pick-up.

Police were investigating to establish the motive for the attack.


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