Narathiwat police chief Pol Maj-General Patthanawuth Angkhanawin yesterday dismissed rumours that state officials had a hand in the Monday night shooting attack in Bacho district that led to three boys' deaths and their parents' injuries.
The five-member family was attacked at 8.15pm on Monday in front of their home in Tambon Palu Kasamoh by four unknown gunmen using an AK assault rifle and pistol.
Muya-ed Maman, 11, Bahari Maman, 9 and Issayas Maman, 6, were killed, while their parents, Jehmu Maman, 40, and Padila Maman, who is four-months pregnant, were severely injured.
Patthanawuth said an initial police investigation found the attack might have been connected to Jehmu’s past. They said Jehmu was fighting a court battle over accusations he was involved in the murder of an assistant village headman in Pattani’s Mai Kaen district on April 21, 2013.
Meanwhile, Col Pramote Prom-in, spokesman of the Internal Security Operations Command Area 4, yesterday offered condolences and said the agency would co-operate with government agencies concerned to provide compensation for the family.
He said the Army suspected this “inhumane” attack was carried out by insurgents.
In a meantime, Army commander-in-chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha condemned as inhumane the insurgents’ killings of innocent people and particularly the latest attack in which three children were killed.
“They [insurgents] have used guerrilla attacks against the authorities, violating all rules of war. They kill innocent people with impunity, particularly children, women, the elderly and religious leaders,” he said. He added that despite the insurgents’ apparent determination to win without any respect for life, the dialogue with insurgents’ leaders would continue.