2 civil servants slain in Narathiwat

2 civil servants slain in Narathiwat

Two civil servants were killed and five others wounded in an ambush by suspected insurgents in Narathiwat’s Cho Airong district on Monday evening.

The shooting occurred on Jarusatian Road (Narathiwat-Sungai Kolok) at about 5.30pm, said Pol Col Kritsada Kaewjandee, chief of the Cho Airong station.

Fifteen civil servants from government agencies in Sungai Padi district were heading home in a chartered song taew pickup when gunmen who were hiding in a roadside rubber plantation fired at least 30 shots with M16 assault rifles at the vehicle.

The shooting instantly killed Naowarat Leenin, 29, an agricultural research officer at the Sungai Padi District Agricultural Office; and Pateemah Sa-rae, 34, an officer from the same office.

The bullets pierced the victims' backs and went through their chests, said Pol Col Kritsada, quoting Songtham Bin-e-saw, 28, the song taew's driver.

The five injured suffered gunshot wounds and cuts from shattered glass. They included three staff of the Tambon Paluru Municipality, a member of the Tambon Sungai Padi Administrative Organisation, and a teacher at Ban Jua Rae School. 

Police blamed southern separatists.

Photo by Waedao Harai

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