Assistant village leader gunned down in southern Thailand
An assistant village leader was gunned down in Pattani's Mayo district on Thursday afternoon.
The Mayo police chief, Pol Col Kong-ath Suwankham, said the attack occurred about 1 p.m. as Muhamad Sukin Yaye was sitting alone on a bamboo bed on the ground floor of his home. Two men arrived on a motorcycle and one of them opened fire at him with a .38 pistol, instantly killing him.
Police are checking security camera footage from near the spot to identify the attackers.
PM calls for investigation of brazen school attack
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has ordered an investigation into the brazen shooting of a Muslim teacher in the far South, as security authorities defended their approach to school security.
The lunchtime shooting on Wednesday of Chonlathee Charoenchol, a teacher in Narathiwat province, shocked the government and security officials for its cold-blooded nature. Chonlathee was shot at lunchtime in front of 292 students and 15 other teachers in the school's cafeteria.
Police yesterday provided a list of four suspects for the shooting, as 20 schools in the area stayed shut for a second day after teachers expressed concerns.
The four men named by police as suspects in the attack were identified as Isma-ael, Arhama, Sorkumin and Marorsor. Mr Isma-ael is believed to be the man who shot the teacher, Deputy Narathiwat police chief Kritsada Kaewjandee said. The gun used in the killing belonged to Pol Sgt Arzeesal Hemna, who was attached to Khok Khian police station in Narathiwat before being gunned down last year, he said.
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