Police yesterday inspected and gathered evidence at the Wednesday shooting scene of Sai Buri district clerk Nuradee Abdullahim.
Nuradee is in hospital in a stable condition after the attack on Road Number 42 (Pattani-Sai Buri) in Manang Dalam sub-district. Police gathered 20 spent bullets and inspected the victim's bullet-ridden pick-up truck. An initial investigation found Nuradee was driving home from work when two men on a motorcycle tailgated him and opened fire. Police say Nuradee fired back with his pistol in an ambush they suspect was conducted by insurgent sympathisers.
In related news, Narathiwat-based teacher Budsakorn Chanprapai yesterday urged authorities to consider transfer requests from teachers threatened by insurgents. She also asked for security for teachers in the South and for remedial measures for many teachers who failed the academic assessment in the region. Her comment was made while Sungai Kolok district office hosted a celebration for National Teachers' Day including the award-conferring ceremony to 10 outstanding teachers of Narathiwat's Primary Educational Region 2. Some 350 teachers took an oath to teach students until their last breath, honouring the 187 teachers and educational personnel killed on duty in the three southernmost provinces.