Pattani subdistrict chief killed

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PATTANI, July 22 — A Pattani subdistrict chief was shot to death by a group of assailants while driving home in Yaring district. Police said that personal conflict was not ruled out.

The victim was identified as Madaree Lameng, 47, subdistrict chief of Nong Raet in Yaring district.

Police said the victim was driving his 4-door pickup truck home from Pattani city centre when he was attacked by assailants.

The authorities believed that militants followed him in their own pickup and used M16 and AK 47 assault rifles in a hail of gunfire at the victim’s vehicle. He died at the scene.

Police said Mr Madaree was honoured with an outstanding subdistrict chief award.

The authorities were investigating the case but personal conflict was not ruled out.