Imam slain by Deep South insurgents

November 15, 2012
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YALA, Thailand – A Muslim religious leader was shot dead along a stretch of roadway in the Yaha district of Yala province on Wednesday (November 14th), The Bangkok Post reported.

Police said Abdullateh Todir, 50, the chairman of the Yaha imam's association and a member of the Yala Islamic Committee, was attacked around noon by gunmen on a motorcycle as he drove his pickup from Ban Patae to Yaha Town.

Meanwhile in Narathiwat, The Nation reported that a truckload of gunmen stopped an older couple aboard their motorbike and abducted the husband, a security volunteer whose body was later recovered. The couple had been on their way to tap rubber at a plantation.

Police suspect insurgents tried to get him to reveal confidential information and killed him when he refused to co-operate. They believe the insurgents dressed like state officials to make residents believe that officials were responsible for the murder.

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