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Southeast Asia
Thai district chief survives ambush
Gunmen ambushed the vehicle of Mayo district's chief in Pattani province yesterday in the first attack on a high-ranking official in the far South this year.

The shooting happened at about 5 p.m. while the vehicle was traveling from the district office to his residence in Muang Pattani district. When they arrived at Ban Jabae, gunmen in a pickup truck sprayed bullets at the district chief's bullet-proof vehicle. The bullets struck the windshield and the driver's side window.

A student was slightly wounded by a stray bullet in the attack. Daranee Ba-eh, a student at Kriamwitthaya School, was a pillion rider on a motorcycle following the attacker's pickup truck.

Police suspect that at least four gunmen were on the truck, and shot at the car with M16 and AK rifles.

Meanwhile, farmers in Pattani province resumed working in their rice field yesterday under tight security. Soldiers, police, and defence volunteers stood guard over a paddy field where the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Centre (SBPAC) is conducting rice-growing training so villagers can revive rice fields abandoned due to the insurgency.

The training was suspended over the weekend after two of the trainers were killed and 10 others wounded in a gun attack in Yaring district on Friday. Seven wounded farmers were still in hospital yesterday.

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Local leader shot, wounded in Yala
Posted by:ryuge