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Man, 2-yr-old shot in Pattani; two hurt as school bombed

A villager and his 2-year-old son were shot and seriously wounded in Pattani's Sai Buri district on Wednesday night, police said yesterday.

Manusi Samae, 32, was riding his motorcycle home at around 8pm on Wednesday night after picking up his kids from school when he was shot by two men on another motorcycle. He sustained gunshot wounds in the neck, shoulder and right leg. His son Musa, 2, was shot in the stomach, while his 6-year-old daughter received scratches after falling off the motorcycle.

In the same district, a bomb went off yesterday morning inside Ban Lahan Mitraparp School compound, injuring volunteer ranger Masukee Ya, 22, and village defence volunteer Mamu Hayijehdeh, 35. Two cars belonging to teachers were damaged. The two wounded men were part of a six-strong patrol protecting the school.

In Songkhla's Thepa district, a police car was slightly damaged by a bomb at 10am yesterday and one officer was slightly injured. Following an earlier report of a suspicious object found in front of Ban Tuyong School in Pak Bang sub-district, four cops in the vehicle were setting up a checkpoint at a nearby intersection when the bomb went off. Police blamed the ongoing insurgency in the deep South.

Meanwhile, 10 banners with slogans denouncing the Thai state were found in Narathiwat's Sungai Padi, Rangae and Muang districts yesterday. Four such banners were found in Yala's Muang district, while three in Bannang Sata district.

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