Suspected insurgents shot dead a female gas station employee in Pattani’s Khok Pho district Thursday afternoon then set off a bomb, injuring six people, as state officers responded to the shooting.
Twenty minutes after Teerapat Chantharojwong, 37, was gunned down at around 12.40pm, police officers were inspecting the scene in Tambon Bang Kora when the bomb went off.
The blast injured three policemen, two paramilitary ranger volunteers and one civilian.
The injured were Police Lance Corporals Mayunan Hemtam, 21, Ratthapol Phetchkan, 25, and Nawapol Kongsaman, 23; paramilitary ranger volunteers Wattana Ritphu, 24, and Kittipong Wanthipnai, 31, and female civilian Chayanan Intharat, 27.
In another deadly attack in the deep South, 10 insurgents opened fire on three defence volunteers in front of Ban Luboh Luasong School in Tambon Munoh of Narathiwat’s Sungai Kolok district at 11am Thursday, killing one of and injuring two others.
Police said the insurgents arrived on five motorcycles, with the pillion riders opening fire on the three defence volunteers with AK-47 assault rifles. The insurgents also took the volunteers' M16 assault rifle and two AK-47s before fleeing from the scene.
The dead volunteer was identified as Usman Rupae. Volunteer Surin Laesuk suffered a gunshot wound to left thigh while his colleague Maroseudi Tatuleh was hit in his right shoulder. Police removed 60 spent cartridges from the scene.