A bloody week in the far South
Seven people were killed and six others injured within three days of violence in October in the three southernmost provinces. Details of the deadly violent incidents are as follows:
On Thursday October 14 at about 12.55 p.m., two men, riding on a motorcycle, approached Mr Pornsak Thongseng, 53, an employee of the Government Savings Bank’s Kok Po branch, as he was riding a motorbike back home from the bank in Kok Po district of Pattani. The assailants who were believed to be militants, caught up with Pornsak in Ban La Pae, and then the pillion rider opened fire on him, killing him instantly.
A day earlier in Raman district Yala two defence volunteers were gunned down by suspected militants riding on a pick-up truck. The two victims, Useng Tada and Isran Jehteh, were riding on a motorcycle on their way to a market in Muang district when they came under a hail of automatic gunfire forcing their bike to skid out of the road and into a roadside ditch.
At about 6 a.m. on the same day, Mrs Nuansri na Takuapa was seriously shot by the pillion rider of a motorcycle as she was driving in a pick-up truck with her 65-year old husband, Mr Sui-bee Chuchueykham, on their way to a market in Kok Po district of Pattani. The incident took place on Bo Thong-Yabee highway in Nong Chik district.
At about 6.45 p.m. Daning Habaeya, 62, a former kamnan of Tambon Samakki in Ruesue district of Narathiwat, was fatally shot as he was riding on a motorcycle on his way from home to a mosque. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
About two hours afterward in Sai Buri district of Pattani, assailants believed to be militants opened fire with M16 assault rifles on a house in Tambon Taluban municipal. The gunshots killed 27-year old Voravit Kanchanapachana and wounded three other people in the house.
On Tuesday October 12 at about 5 p.m., an unknown number of assailants opened fire with AK47 assault rifles on Yusoh Dayeh, 71, father of the president of Po Ming Tambon Administrative Organisation in Panareh district of Pattani, as he was riding a motorcycle. He was injured in the leg but managed to survive the attack.
At about 5.30 p.m. on the same day, two men riding on a motorcycle shot and wounded Mr Chaiyant Woonsayuka, 36, resident of Ban Don Yang in Tambon Bang Khao of Nong Chik district, Pattani. Two suspects were later arrested by police.
About two hours afterward in Bannang Sata district of Yala, assailants shot dead Nirorteng Niya, a defence volunteer, as he was strolling at a temple fair in front of Wat Neruncharavas. The assailants also stole his service pistol and a walkie-talkie.
Also on the same day, assailants fatally shot Mr Sukree Janae, 34, as he was driving a car on a road in Tambon Palamas in Su-ngai Kolok district of Narathiwat on his way home.
Besides the violent attacks, three minor incidents were reported in Panareh district of Pattani. These included the torching of a stolen motorbike on a bridge in Tambon Ban Nam Bo; the discovery of tyre-puncturing spikes and a fake bomb on Panareh-Sai Buri road; and the discovery of a 15-kg improvised explosive device on a local road in Tambon Ban Nam Bo.
Caption : The funeral of the soldier that was killed in Yala province on October 11