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Southeast Asia
Pickup driver slain as kids watch in southern Thailand
Two people were killed and three injured in separate attacks in the restive South yesterday, including a pickup truck driver who was gunned down as school children on board his vehicle watched.

Two men riding on a motorcycle attacked a pickup truck bringing seven students to kindergarten in Narathiwat's Rueso district at about 7:30 a.m.

A witness told investigators a man riding pillion on the motorcycle opened fire at the pickup driver. The driver was hit three times by bullets and died at the scene.

The witness said the shooting happened in full view of seven students, who were seated in the back of the vehicle. All the children were safe.

Police blamed terrorists insurgents.

In Pattani province, three employees of a local government administration organisation were injured, one of them seriously, in an attack on a garbage truck yesterday. The attack occurred about 10 a.m. while the garbage truck was traveling along a local road in Khok Pho district of Pattani, heading for a trash dump.

Two men on a motorcycle opened fire at the truck with handguns. The driver lost control and the truck slammed into a tree and roadside ditch. The driver, was shot in the head and seriously injured. Also wounded were two other garbage collectors. The three victims were also members of the Ban Yang Daeng village defense unit.

Police blamed Islamist terrorists militants.

Also in Khok Pho district, a 78-year-old Muslim rubber grower was gunned down while taking a ritual bath yesterday morning.

Police received a report of a shooting at a house about 7 a.m. Officers found the body of Rorham Dorlor, who had been shot in the head.

The victim's wife told investigators her husband was taking a ritual bath in a pond next to their house early in the morning when it was still dark. She heard a gunshot. When she went outside the house she found her husband had been killed.
Posted by:ryuge