Two police informants killed in shootings

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  • Tuesday, 31 Aug 2004

BANGKOK: Suspected Islamic insurgents killed two police informants and wounded a government worker in separate drive-by shootings in Thailand's largely Muslim south, officials said. 

Muri Samahae, the 54-year-old leader of Holu, a traditional Muslim group that has been working with the government, was fatally shot on Sunday night in Sugnaipadi district of Narathiwat province, said police Lt-Col Trongkiart Thongsong. 

In neighbouring Range district, Prari Jotheh, 49, an informant for local authorities, was also shot dead late Sunday, he said. 

Further details about the attacks were not immediately available. 

Meanwhile, Surapot Chimchaiyanan, a 42-year-old Agriculture Department official in Narathiwat's Takbai district, was seriously wounded yesterday by a gunman on the back of a motorcycle. He was rushed to a nearby hospital. 

Thailand is mainly Buddhist, but the southern provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala have Muslim majorities. Violence flared in the area earlier this year, and more than 330 people have died in attacks generally blamed on Islamic militants since January. 

Muslim separatists waged a low-key insurgency in the region for decades before disappearing after a government amnesty in the 1980s. – AP 

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