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Thai man slain in restive south

01-11-2012 13:58 BJT

BANGKOK, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- A security guard was killed in a drive-by shooting in restive southern province of Pattani on Wednesday morning, the Bangkok Post online reported.

Phachara Assawadechakul, 32, was returning home on his motorcycle about 6 a.m. local time after working at Na Pradoo train station when a man riding on another motorcycle fired at him with a 9 mm handgun in Pattani's Khok Pho district, said Pol Col Rapeepong Sukpaibul, chief of Na Pradoo police station.

The victim took two bullets in his torso. He was taken to Khok Pho hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Police blamed on separatist militants.

Since the resurgence of insurgency in 2004, around 11,000 violent incidents instigated by secessionists in the Muslim- dominant southernmost provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat happened, with almost 5,000 people killed and nearly 8,000 injured.

 

Editor:Bai Yang |Source: Xinhua

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