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Southeast Asia
Teacher slaying suspect killed in southern Thailand
The man suspected of slaying teacher Chonlathee Charoenchol in Narathiwat province last month was gunned down in a clash with security forces in Pattani provnince on Saturday.

A joint task force of police and soldiers raided a house around 11:30 a.m. after receiving a tip that a wanted terrorist militant suspect was hiding there. Knowing that he was surrounded, Suhaidee Tahe opened fire at them and fled into the nearby forest. Soldiers and police shot back and after a 10-minute gunfight, they found his dead body lying with a 9mm handgun beside him.

According to police, Suhaidee was a top leader of a terrorist separatist group in Bacho district of Narathiwat, where he had lived. They said he was wanted under eight warrants from Bacho police station and another warrant from Saiburi for involvement in bomb attacks, killing state officials, burning schools and most recently for murdering Chonlathee.

The murder of Chonlathee Charoenchol shocked the government and security authorities for its cold-blooded nature. The teacher was shot at lunchtime on Jan 23 in front of 292 students and 15 other teachers in the cafeteria of Ban Tanyong School.

On that day, four men arrived on two motorcycles and headed for the canteen. A gunman approached Chonlathee, said a few words to him and shot a 9mm handgun twice at his head. The gunman then drove away in Chonlathee's car.

A total of 158 teachers have been slain since the resumption of violence in the country's three southernmost provinces in 2004.
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