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One killed, several injured in south Thailand attacks

Publication Date : 21-02-2014

 

Two volunteer military rangers were injured in a roadside bomb attack in Narathiwat's Joh I Rong district yesterday, while a rubber tapper was shot dead and another injured in Yala's Raman district.

On Wednesday night, there was an attack on the home of a senior clerk at Yala's Bannang Sata district office, with seven M79 grenades fired, but no one was injured.

Less than an hour later, a resident was shot dead in a separate incident in the district.

The bombing in Joh I Rong occurred at about 8.30am and targeted a six-ranger patrol on three motorcycles.

As volunteer military rangers Boonpen Leeka and Jaroonsak Pitakkij inspected a bridge in tambon Mareubo-ok, the hidden insurgents detonated a 20kg bomb remotely.

The duo was rushed to Joh I Rong Hospital.

Earlier, unknown gunmen shot dead local resident Asae Waedoyee and injured Khosima Waedoyee in tambon Kortor Teura in Yala's Raman district at about 6:45am while the two victims rode a motorcycle to tap rubber trees.

In Bannang Sata, police yesterday morning inspected the house of senior district clerk Anirut Bua-on behind Bannang Sata Market following the grenade attack.

The assailants reportedly hurled two grenades at about 8:45pm and then another five grenades at about 9:10pm.

Police and defence volunteers fired back, prompting the assailants to flee.

A source involved with the investigation into the incident said police suspected an insurgent sympathiser group led by Mukta Ali-mama and Ahmad Leubaesa carried out the attack.

In a separate incident, villager Sawat Baiwang-ah, 35, was shot dead near a local mosque at about 9pm on Wednesday in Bannang Sata's tabom Taling Chan. Police were investigating the motive behind the killing at press time.

 

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