Two killed in coordinated attacks in southern Thailand
A soldier and a defense volunteer were killed and three other people injured in three coordinated attacks in Rangae district of Narathiwat province on Tuesday.
In the first attack, at about 10 a.m., a pick-up driven by Sgt-Maj Bang-ern Phanyu, 39, with two civilians on board was ambushed by gunmen as it arrived at a school on an assignment. The pick-up truck skidded off the road and slammed into the wall of the school. Sgt-Maj Bang-ern was killed. The two civilians in the vehicle were injured.
About 10 minutes later, as Suriya Awaekuji, an assistant leader of Rangae district, and six defense volunteers were on the way texamine the scene of the attack, the same group of
terrorists militants detonated three mines buried on the road to the school. The mines exploded at intervals of 10-15 seconds, but caused no casualties.
In another attack, two men on a motorcycle opened fire at Mahama Chewa, 41, assistant village leader, and Adunan Salae, 34, a defense volunteer, who were on the road near the scene of the first shooting waiting for the assistant district chief to arrive. Mr Adunan was killed and Mr Mahama seriously injured.
Police said the attacks were clearly coordinated and blamed
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