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Slaying of boys 'likely revenge'

THE FEBRUARY 3 slaying in three young Muslim brothers and the wounding of their parents in Bacho in Narathiwat was likely to have been a personal act of revenge.

That was the preliminary finding released yesterday following an ongoing Southern Border Provinces Administration and Development Advisory Council investigation.

Chaiyong Maneerungsakul, chairman of the council's communications and people participation committee, said the fact-finding committee would meet with relevant agencies in Bacho district tomorrow to examine evidence and the police investigation and undertake other related matters.

Chaiyong said the probe found revenge was the likely motive behind the attack on Jehmu Maman's family in Bacho on February 3 because Jehmu had fought accusations that he was a national security suspect.

The cases against him were dismissed and that may have prompted people affected by the bloodshed in the deep South to attack them.

The probe also found that the assailants may be linked to a ranger who was a relative of a victim in the case initially linked to Jehmu.

Insurgents reportedly used the deaths of the three brothers to carry out three separate attacks that killed six people, including Thursday's drive-by shooting in Pattani that killed a monk and a nine-year-old boy and his mother while six other people were injured.

The council also issued a statement yesterday calling on all sides to end the violence against innocent people and urged local residents and officials to watch out for attacks and try and prevent them.

In related news, police in Pattani's Mae Lan district yesterday interviewed witnesses to the drive-by shooting, while the Army summoned two people over their alleged involved in the attack.

The council also issued a statement yesterday calling on all sides to end the violence against innocent people and urged local residents and officials to watch out for attacks and try and prevent them.

In related news, police in Pattani's Mae Lan district yesterday interviewed witnesses to the driveby shooting, while the Army summoned two people over their alleged involved in the attack.

Meanwhile, National Buddhism Office chief Nopparat Benjawatananun attended Wat Mae Suay in Mae Lan for the Abidhamma prayer for the slain monk and three other people killed.

A temple fund has provided Bt100,000 to the monk's family, Bt30,000 to each family of the three people killed and Bt10,000 to each families of the injured.

Meanwhile, two construction contractors were shot dead in Rangae, Narathiwat, at about 2.30pm yesterday.

The dead men have been identified as Muhammaddaoh Sani, 46, and Saidi Yalaesangae, 34.

The assailants' pickup truck was found at the scene smashed into roadside tree.

Police suspect the killings are linked to a business conflict or the ongoing unrest.


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