Volunteer shot dead in Pattani; bomb defused in Narathiwat
A village protection volunteer was shot dead in Pattani's Yaring district yesterday morning. The shooter got away with the victim's .38 pistol.
The victim, 43-year-old Mahama Yamae, was stationed near a roadside engine-oil stand on rural highway number 2016 (Yaring-Nong Raed) when two men on a motorcycle approached him, reportedly asking about an oil seller. When Mahama said the seller was not there, they pulled out the gun and shot him four times. Mahama was pronounced dead at Yaring Hospital from a gunshot under his right ear and three shots in the chest.
Meanwhile, Narathiwat officials disarmed a 50kg bomb inside a pick-up truck, after a suspected insurgent reportedly staged a road accident by ramming the truck into a parked pick-up to lure officials to the scene. However, police suspect the bomb's remote detonator couldn't get within range to trigger the bomb.
At 3.15pm, police went to inspect the accident scene, only 800 meters from the Waeng police station. After spotting the home-made bomb in the rear passenger seat, they quickly retreated and sealed off the scene.
A bomb squad spent 30 minutes disarming the bomb, whose destruction radius was estimated at 100 meters.
Narathiwat deputy police chief Pol Colonel Nanthadej Yoynuan said the insurgents staged the accident to lure police and planned to detonate the bomb but couldn't come close enough.
Police found that the truck, whose licence plate was doctored with a black sticker, was stolen from Narathiwat's Ba Cho district on February 3 when driver Wachira Chanthit was shot dead and his employer's truck was taken.