A sub-district health official was gunned down yesterday morning in Narathiwat's Rusoh district, while a rubber farmer and his wife were shot dead in Yala's Yaha district. Police put the attacks down to the ongoing unrest in the region.
Anurak Salae, 52, a tambon Rusoh health official, was shot dead at 9am by two gunmen while he was riding his motorbike to his second job.
Earlier at 7am, farmer Baraheng Lalae and wife Maliwan Daeboh were killed in a rubber plantation, where police found 10 spent cartridges. Investigation revealed that the couple's two sons worked as paramilitary ranger volunteers.
Meanwhile, provincial Governor Natthapong Sirichana and provincial police chief Maj-General Patthanawuth Angkhanawin yesterday inspected the site of a Sunday attack, in which suspected insurgents fired M16 rifles and killed four villagers in two homes in Narathiwat's Sukhirin district.
Initial investigation found that the five or six attackers split into two teams; one went to shoot Jul and Dam In-erb and burned their bodies, while the other went to the nearby house to kill Aree Rattana and her son Somneuk.