Village leader killed in southern Thailand
A village leader was killed and his friend seriously injured in a drive-by shooting in Pattani province on Friday morning.
Pol Col Kongath Suwankham, chief of Mayo district police station, said the attack occurred about 8:30 a.m. on a local road in Mayo district. Witnesses said that Abdulloh Maseng, chief of Ban Look Phai and his friend were traveling in his sedan when gunmen in a pickup truck opened fired on them with AK47 assault rifles. The attackers then fled. Abdulloh died instantly in driver's seat. His friend, Kade Mali, was shot several times and taken to the hospital.
Fatal shooting lures officials to bomb attack
In Yala province a villager was fatally shot on Thursday night, and then police and soldiers who went to the scene were hit by a roadside bomb. The victim was identified as Rosalee Toni, 28, a former Royal Thai Navy sailor.
About 20 soldiers, police and Interior Ministry officials rushed to the scene of the shooting at around 8:15 p.m. The security personnel were travelling in nine vehicles. About two kilometers before reaching the scene, a roadside bomb was detonated. Fortunately, no one was wounded when the explosive device was detonated in Bannang Sata district.
Police said the
terrorists insurgents also shot at the vehicles. There was an exchange of gunfire before the attackers retreated.
Police dispatched a bomb squad to check the scene on Friday morning. They were accompanied by the Yala police chief, Pol Maj-General Pira Boonliang. They found that the five-kilogram bomb had been tied to an electric pole, which was toppled by the blast and caused a power outage in the village.
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