Two killed, four injured in shooting attack in southern Thailand
Two people were killed and four others wounded in a shooting at the Hari Raya fair in Pattani province on Wednesday night.
Police received a report late last night of a shooting at the fair site on Vasukree Beach. Chief of Sai Buri police station Pol Col Arsis Umayee led a joint police and military force, together with a bomb disposal unit, to investigate the scene. Police found spent 9mm cartridge shells and bomb debris in front of a shop.
Witnesses said that six people were seriously wounded in the shooting and were taken to the hospital, where two of them were later pronounced dead.
Witnesses said the victims were working at the bingo shop and nearby gambling shops when two people dressed like Muslim women approached them and then opened fire with handguns. The attackers then placed a metal box containing a 3 kg home-made bomb on the ground in front of the bingo shop and fled.
The bomb was meant to kill police who arrived after the attack, but fortunately it went off too early. No one was hurt in the blast.
Police believed it was the work of separatist
terrorists militants who had earlier warned that fairs where gambling is permitted should not be held in the deep South.
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