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Southeast Asia
Defense volunteer gunned down in southern Thailand
Defense volunteer Ahamatole Dolo was ambushed by members of an terrorist insurgent group while returning home on a motorcycle from his job at a rubber plantation in Pattani province. Cartridges from an assault rifle and a 9 mm pistol were found on a local road near Ban Baruere.

Police think Ahamatole was targeted by a terrorist militant group because he worked as an informant.

In another development, 332 schools in Pattani will today resume classes after a six-day closure. The reopening comes after enhanced security was promised for teachers, according to the Confederation of Teachers of Southern Border Provinces.

The widespread closure was ordered by the confederation to force authorities to institute better security strategies for teachers, who are among the prime targets of terrorists insurgents. On Nov 22 terrorists insurgents killed a school director in Pattani's Nong Chik district.

The confederation said the killing was the final straw. Confederation chairman Bunsom Thongsiphrai said, "The temporary closure was done in the hope that officers will protect the lives of our fellow teachers. If the situation [continues] the way it is, teachers' morale will plunge further."

The organization agreed to reopen the schools after talks with security officers, the deputy prime minister and the education minister.

Many teachers returned to their schools yesterday to prepare their classrooms and teaching materials ahead of lessons. However, those at Ban Maruat school in Pattani province had to find temporary locations to hold class after the two-story school building was torched by arsonists on Thursday.

School director Muhammat Jelo said teachers agreed to resume lessons by using the library and the prayer room as temporary classrooms. He said, "We don't want students to lose the chance to study any further."
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