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Southeast Asia
Three killed, ten injured in attack on Thai farmers
2013-02-03
Two farmers were gunned down and 10 others wounded in Pattani province, where a third man was also killed in a separate incident late Friday.

The attack on the farmers occurred about 5 p.m. on a rural road in Yaring district. It could lead to a shutdown of the promising state project which aims at reviving rice farming in the deep South. The farmers said they will return home and relatives began arriving on Saturday to take them out of the South.

Witnesses said that 12 farmers from Singburi were traveling in a pickup truck when gunmen riding pillion on two motorcycles fired on them with assault rifles. The attackers then fled.

Saneh Khunnain and Ekarin Homchoey were hit several times and died on the spot. Their ten colleagues were injured and taken to the hospital. Police blamed separatist terrorists militants.

The farmers from the central region were working with the Southern Border Provinces Administration Centre (SBPAC) to teach rice growing techniques to local farmers. The SBPAC started the project to rehabilitate abandoned rice fields in the three southernmost provinces.

A separate attack on Friday night in Yarang district took the life of a local villager.

Pol Lt Col Thawatchai Sangkamitkol, the deputy chief of Yarang police station, said he received a report of a shooting on a local road about 9:50 p.m. He led a police team to the scene where witnesses said that the victim, Abdularsi Sa, had been shot several times and taken to the hospital. He was later pronounced dead.

The witnesses said that Abdularsi was walking to a teashop in the village when gunmen in a pickup truck fired on him with M16 and AK47 assault rifles. The assailants then fled.
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