Defence volunteer killed in S. Thailand

17:09, June 14, 2010      

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A defence volunteer in Thailand's southernmost province of Narathiwat was killed in a drive-by shooting on Monday morning, the Bangkok Post's website reported.

The incident occurred at the Bango Rana village, Maruebotok sub- district in Rangae district, Pol Col Suchart Assawajindarat, Rangae police chief said.

Maravee Yamabala, 37, was attacked by two men on a motorcycle as on his way to buy food at a shop in his village.

He was shot twice, in the head and back, and died at the scene. Police were investigating.

Meanwhile, two soldiers and three civilians were injured when a bomb exploded at the morning market in the Thepha community of Thepha district in Song-kla province, police said.

The home-made bomb was hidden inside the oil tank of a motorcycle parked in front of the market.

The injured were admitted to Thepha hospital. Police blamed separatist militants.

Thepha is one of the four districts of Songkhla province, in which the separatist movement is active. It is adjacent to Bong Chik district of Pattani.

Thailand's deep South comprises mainly the three southernmost provinces of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwas, and the four districts of Song-kla province.

At least 3,500 people have been killed by the daily violence attack by the suspected separatists since January 2004.



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