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Thai defence volunteer killed, two cops injured in daring Yala attacks

BANGKOK (THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Two policemen were injured in a bomb attack in Yala yesterday morning, hours after a defence volunteer was shot dead in Narathiwat, police said.

The bomb went off as a police team patrolled an area in Tambon Taseh in Yala’s Muang district at 8.40am.

The team left the Taseh police station in an armoured pickup truck and two motorcycles, but when they reached a railway crossing about two kilometres from the police station, they were ambushed by the explosion.

Pol L/C Suebpong Sophikul was hit by bomb shrapnel in his legs while Pol L/C Chollathee Srikaew suffered an injury on his hands. His hearing was also impaired by the loud explosion. The two were rushed to Yala Hospital.

In another incident, a defence volunteer was gunned down by an unknown number of insurgents in Moh Turoh village in Tambon Chanae, Narathiwat’s Chanae district, at midnight.

He was identified as Erasan Hayisamoh, 24, a defence volunteer of the tambon. He was shot in the head and torso.

The injured cops were rushed to Yala Hospital. PHOTO: THE STAR
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