Chiangrai Times – Police said Tuandaoh Tuansulong, 58, was driving his pickup from his home in Bannang Sata district early in the morning to Yala Hospital, where he was to receive dialysis treatment.
While he was driving on Talingchan-Sri Sakhon Road, he was ambushed by an unknown number of insurgents who shot him dead.
Police were alerted to the attack at 7am. By the time they arrived at the scene, the victim’s charred vehicle had been left on the road with his headless body, also burnt, in the back of the vehicle.
Police found his head, which had also been burned, on the roadside about five metres from the scene. The victim is believed to have been killed before being beheaded and burned, as police found a bullet wound to his head.
Prasit Meksuwan, president of the Civil Society Council of the Southern Border Provinces, said violence in the area has increased since the end of Ramadan.
Insurgents have resumed distributing pamphlets in Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat, threatening to kill Buddhists and damage their property if they refuse to move out of the area, Prasit said.
The surge in violence in recent months has left the morale and spirit of local people at its lowest point in a long time. The insurgents know this and have begun distributed pamphlets again – something they have done on previous occasions, the council president said.
Offering a different assessment, Deputy Prime Minister General Yutthasak Sasiprapha claimed that people now feel safer in the South because the government has effectively handled the situation. More people are willing to work in the deep Southern provinces, he said.
He was speaking after chairing a meeting evaluating the government’s performance handling the violence in the South after a year in office. The Yingluck government has not yet decided when it will deliver its reports on the government’s first-year performance in Parliament.
Referring to a recent attack on a train in Narathiwat, Yutthasak said officials had earlier warned that such an attack might happen as insurgents sought to retaliate for recent killings of their men.