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Gunman shoots dead village head in Narathiwat mosque

Jun 03. 2019
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By The Nation

A gunman walked into a mosque and shot dead the village head in Narathiwat’s Ra Ngae district on Sunday night.

Stray bullets also injured a man praying next to the village head at the mosque.

Ra Nage Police Station’s superintendent Pol Colonel Kamol Narong said Pakruding Tohdeng, 48, the village head of Ban Arwar in Tambon Mareubotok, was killed inside the Ban Arware Mosque. He sustained two gunshot wounds, one to the head and the other to the back. 

Mayudee Arbu, 43, also sustained injuries to his right ankle and leg from stray bullets.

Witnesses said the gunman arrived at the mosque on a motorcycle with another man and entered without drawing attention before suddenly opening fire on the village head. He then quickly fled the mosque to the waiting motorcycle and left the scene.

Police are trying to determine whether the shooting resulted from a personal conflict or was related to ongoing unrest in the deep South.

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