Two officials shot dead in Pattani

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PATTANI, Nov 4 – Two Thai local government officials were killed Friday in this insurgency-impacted southern border province.

The chairman of a subdistrict administrative organization council and an assistant to a village head were shot dead in separate incidents here.

The first shooting was reported around noon on Friday in Kapho district. The victim was identified as Karim Dengto, 51, chairman of a subdistrict administrative organization council.

He was shot several times in the head and torso. According to investigators, Mr Karim was riding a motorcycle from his home to attend prayers at the mosque in Kapho district.

Two gunmen followed him on a motorcycle and shot him with an M-16 assault rifle. They also took the victim’s gun.

Two hours later, Mahamree Yeejewae, 32, assistant to a village head, was shot dead outside a mosque in Yaring district. The incident occurred after Friday prayers at the mosque when he was about to go to his wife’s family home.