Grenade attack and drive-by shootings across southern Thailand
Seventeen people, one of them a policeman, were wounded when two M79 grenades were fired into a local fair in Narathiwat province Saturday. The grenades were fired into the crowded market area opposite the Bacho district police station at about 7:20 p.m.
Four security volunteers and 12 fair-goers received shrapnel wounds. Others were trampled by panic-striken people trying to flee the scene. The wounded were taken to the hospital. Officials closed off the fair location as forensic experts were due to arrive at the scene this morning.
Meanwhile, five people died in separtate attacks in southern Thailand yesterday.
In Pattani province, Sen Sgt Maj Mustorfa Laehae, of Pattani police station, was killed in a drive-by shooting. He was shot in the head and died later in hospital.
In Yala province, a woman was killed and her husband seriously wounded in a drive-by shooting. They were travelling on a motorcycle around 8 a.m. when a gunman riding pillion on another motorcycle shot at them with a handgun.
Also in Yala, a woman was seriously injured in a drive-by shooting on the Yala-Batong road. In Yaha district, Kuem Sukkarn, 72, was shot and killed as he rode his motorcycle to a market.
In Pattani province, a traditional medicine trader was shot and killed outside the central mosque. Mama Arwae was selling medicine at his stall when two men on a motorcycle fired shots at him. Police said Mama worked as a police informant.
In Narathiwat province, a woman was killed and her husband severely injured in an attack on their pickup truck. Sunthorn Nakthong was driving his wife Jittima when gunmen fired at their vehicle.
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