Thai jihad update: paralyzed 60-year-old man strafed with machine-gun fire. But hey, Abu Ghraib! From Channelnewsasia, :
YALA, Thailand : Two Buddhist Thais and a Muslim village headman have been shot dead by masked suspected Islamic militants in the restive south, police said.
Sukit Yingsong, a 28-year-old defence volunteer, and his paralysed father Kan Yingsong, 60, were strafed with machine-gun fire at their home in Yala province late Friday, police said.
“It is clear that the perpetrators were militants because Sukit was threatened and told to abandon his house, which is surrounded by Muslim villagers,” said district police commander Colonel Parnpitak Thepchudeang.
Also on Friday night, gunmen broke into the home of Ma-ae Wantae, 37, a deputy village headman in Ra-ngae district of Narathiwat province and opened fire.
Ma-ae was pronounced dead while on the way to hospital, and police there said the style of the attack made them suspect the culprits were Muslim militants.
More than 870 people have been killed in 20 months of almost daily attacks in the Muslim-majority southernmost provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat which border Malaysia.