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3 killed in gun attack in Thailand's deep south

11-24-2010 16:54 BJT

BANGKOK, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- An imam, a chief and a member of Tambon Administrative Organization (TAO) were killed in a drive-by shooting in Thailand's southernmost province of Narathiwat on Wednesday.

The victim were identified as Sukree Dahi, 60, imam of Tambon Samakkhi, Yamaruding Lohma, 45, chairman of Tambon Samakkhi Administrative Organization, and Sae-useng Lohmu, 40, a member of the Samakkhi TAO, Rueso police in Narathiwat said.

They were on a pickup truck going home from a monthly meeting in Rueso district when two gunmen armed with AK-47 assault rifle on another pickup truck opened fire at them. Taking several bullets in their bodies, all died right at the scene, according to the police officer.

Police found 30 expended AK-47 assault rifle shells on the road and surrounding areas.

Since the resurgence of insurgency in 2004 in three southernmost provinces -- Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, altogether 4, 453 local people have been killed and 7,239 injured in 10,386 violent incidents instigated by suspected secessionists.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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