A tambon council president in Yala’s Raman district was fatally shot while riding his motorcycle home on Wednesday night.
Police said Sama-ae Sama, 55, was shot on a main road in Moo 2 village in Tambon Tha Thong at 8.15pm. He died later at the Raman Hospital.
Police said Sama-ae was returning home after visiting his mother in another village to join a Ramadan ritual supper when a gunman shot him.
Sam-ae was the president of the Tambon Tha Thong Council.
Police said the motive could be a conflict in local politics or an act of southern insurgency.