Policeman gunned down in southern Thailand
A policeman was gunned down in Rangae district of Narathiwat on Thursday. The attack occurred about 12:55 p.m. on a local road in Ban Tanyonglimo.
While Pol Sgt Thammarong Kongram, 33, was returning on a motorcycle from business he was followed by two men on another motorcycle who opened fire at him while passing the village. The policeman was hit five times and died on the spot.
The attackers took his 9mm pistol and fled.
Suspect identified in police slaying
A warrant was issued for the arrest of a primary suspect in the murder of a retired police officer in Yala's Raman district on Oct 4. Police think suspect Zaidee Mador was the sniper who killed former policeman Pol Lt Ingsaree Doroning.
A key suspect in a car bomb attack which killed five police officers in Yala's Raman district on July 25 is also believed to be involved in the murder of Pol Lt Ingsaree. Kaman Chaichana, who was detained on Monday in the same village where Pol Lt Ingsaree was killed, was probably involved in the plot, according to a police source.
Mr Kaman was detained on suspicion of being behind the July 25 car bomb. Investigators say they are widening their probe into the car bomb case and the murder case from information obtained through the interrogation of Mr Kaman.
In Yaha district, Muhammad Patae, arrested shortly after a motorcycle bomb on Wednesday afternoon which left nine military rangers injured, has denied any involvement in the attack. Mr Muhammad was detained while using his cell phone to film investigators inspecting the motorbike bomb site.
In Pattani, vigorous campaigns by government officials to persuade vendors to open shop today, amid
terrorist militant threats to their safety if they do so, appear to be making little headway. Many traders say they still lack confidence in the ability of security forces to protect them.
Rattanawadee Den-udom, a fruit seller, said she would keep her shop closed today, as she believes she will be safer that way. She said she had just witnessed a male vendor killed in an attack at the market a few days ago.
In Narathiwat, clothing shop owner Hameeta Benrahim said he would also stay closed today until he is sure new security measures were sufficient. He said, "The southern violence has been with us since 2004 and no one has been able to fix the problem. So, why shouldn't we be scared by threats to harm our businesses?"
A vendor who would only identify himself as Ma, said that after taking the past two Fridays off, he and about ten other shopowners at the Muang municipality market would reopen their shops today. Mr Ma said he and his counterparts would take turns standing guard for the rest of the group throughout the day because they could not rely completely on the security forces to protect them from violence.
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