Woman slain in Narathiwat

Woman slain in Narathiwat

A Buddhist woman was killed in a drive-by shooting in Narathiwat on Sunday night, Pol Lt Suphanit Wichitsopha, duty officer at Muang Narathiwat police station, said on Monday.

She was identified as Jiraporn Lekkrasan, 26, a resident of Moo 2 in tambon Bang Por of Muang district.

Witnesses told police that the victim was travelling on a motorcycle on the road to Narathiwat when a gunman riding pillion on another motorcycle fired at her with a 9mm pistol.

Mrs Jiraporn  was hit by five bullets - in the face and torso - and died on the spot.

Police blamed separatist militants.

All schools in the far South were expected to reopen today after they were closed for two days, on Thursday and Friday, by teachers in fear of their lives.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, her adviser Gen Yuthasak Sisiprapa, army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha and Education Minister Pongthep Thepkanchanalast on Thursday visited the far South to discuss security measures for state teachers working there.

Ms Yingluck promised more stringent protection for teachers, travelling between their residences and their  schools, and at school, in a bid to restore their confidence.

Mr Pongthep said on Friday that he expected all schools in the three southernmost provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat to resume classes today.

More than 5,000 people have been killed and over 9,000 hurt in more than 11,000 incidents, or about 3.5 a day, in the three southernmost provinces and the four districts of Songkhla since the violence erupted afresh in January 2004, according to Deep South Watch.

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