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Three shot dead in gun attack in Pattani; reporters hurt in Narathiwat bomb blast

Members of a bomb disposal squad detonate a bomb yesterday that was planted to ambush officials checking on a Monday-night blast in Narathiwat

Members of a bomb disposal squad detonate a bomb yesterday that was planted to ambush officials checking on a Monday-night blast in Narathiwat

Three men were slain in a gun attack in Pattani's Yarang district just after midnight yesterday, while a bomb in Yi Ngor in Narathiwat injured four journalists, including two Nation reporters.

Three men were driving towards Yarang in a sedan in tambon Mohmawi when a group of gunmen on a pick-up and motorcycles opened fire at them at 12.30am. After the sedan plunged into a roadside ditch, the gunmen went over to drag one out across the road and fatally shot him, while other gunmen shot other two men dead in the car, police said.

The victims were former tambon Rawaeng administrative organisation employee Yawari Paseroh, 37, former volunteer ranger Masorbri Kalong, 41, and local man Ahamad-dari Palikhet, 37.

The assailants also stole the victims' Aka-47 rifle and two pistols, before fleeing. Police at 9am collected almost 100 spent bullets from Aka-47, M16s and 9mm guns from the scene.

Police were unsure if it was an attack by insurgents or an illegal business conflict, because Ahamad-dari was arrested by Yarang police for allegedly possessing a narcotic substance last year.

In Narathiwat's Yi Ngor district, police were inspecting the scene of an explosion on Monday night on Phetchakasem Highway in tambon Taporyor when another explosion occurred. This second bomb slightly injured four journalists - Nation reporters Santhiti Khorjitmet and Patidta Noosanthad, Siam Rath newspaper report assistant Muranee and Thai PBS reporter Salika Wongwai. The blast also shattered the windscreen of a police pick-up and damaged reporter Waedaoh Harai's car. Santhiti, Patidta and Muranee, who had sustained leg and spine injuries from a blast in October, were sent for a check-up at a hospital.

The journalists said their morale was still strong and they would go back to news-reporting after they recover from their injuries.

On Monday, a defence volunteer Noonman Doloh, 35, was shot at by unknown gunman in hiding, while Noonman rode a motorcycle home before midnight in Ma Yor in Pattani, but the bullets missed as he sped away. Police suspect this stemmed from a personal conflict or was part of ongoing unrest.






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