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Southeast Asia
School director seriously wounded in southern Thailand
The director of a school in Pattani province was shot and seriously injured on Thursday afternoon.

Nanthana Kaewchan, director of Ban Tha Kam Sam School, was traveling in her car when attacked by two men on a motorcycle at about 3:15 p.m. The pillion rider shot at her with an M16 rifle. Mrs Nanthana was seriously injured and admitted to the hospital.

Three arrested in Narathiwat raids

Combined security forces yesterday raided five locations in Narathiwat province suspected of being used by terrorists insurgents to plan a violent attack in the province. Officials arrested three suspects and seized a large quantity of explosives and bomb-making materials.

Around 100 soldiers, police and bomb-disposal officers launched the raids after receiving a tip from local residents in Rusoh district that the sites were being used by terrorists insurgents from Runda Kumpulan Kecil.

At one of the five locations, on a rubber plantation, they seized a home-made bomb in a steel box weighing 11 kilograms, along with 15 other light home-made bombs suitable for throwing. They also seized a gas cylinder, fertiliser, gasoline, nine batteries, electric wires and car paint. Tests revealed fingerprints from additional suspects on those bombs and materials. Police think the bombs and materials belonged to terrorists insurgents involved in a violent attack on a train in the region on November 18.

In related news, Pattani Governor Pramuk Lamun laid 12 royal wreaths on behalf of HM the King and other Royal Family members for Nanthana Kaeojan, 51, a school director who was gunned down by terrorists insurgents in Pattani province on Thursday.

The Federation of Teachers in the Three Southern Border Provinces yesterday held a meeting to discuss security for teachers following Nanthana's death. They agreed to meet with security agencies, governors and religious leaders to discuss the safety measures.
Posted by:ryuge