Local official killed in Yala bombing


YALA, July 3 – An assistant village head was killed as bomb exploded when his car passed over a buried bomb in this restive southern province on Tuesday afternoon.

The victim was identified as Marammuelee Eyuno, 49, assistant head of Buemang village. He was returning home after a meeting at the Raman district office.

His pick-up truck was demolished by a homemade bomb estimated to contain 10 kg of explosives in a gas cylinder buried under the road surface.

Police rushed to the scene to collect evidence for further investigation.

Since the unrest erupted in the southern provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat over eight years ago, over 5,000 people, including civilians, soldiers, government officials and insurgents have died in the ongoing violence.