These “insurgents” were angry and felt the need to “retaliate” for the arrest of their leader by…slaying Buddhists? For the record, nearly 90% of the inhabitants of Pattani, where the murder took place, are Muslims; this may perhaps — just perhaps now — shed some light on, not only the identity of these “insurgents,” but the sort of leader they may have had (“overthrow the infidel government!”), and their motives (implement sharia). Stories like this lead to such surmisings.
“Buddhist couple killed in Pattani,” from The Nation, January 27:
Pattani – A Buddhist couple were killed in a drive-by shooting in this southern border province Tuesday morning, police said.
Police said Mas Jannual, 39, and his wife, Pen Prommanee, 41, were shot dead on a village road in Khuan Pradu village in Tambon Na Pradu in Khok Pho district at 9:30 am.
Police said the couple were riding home from their rubber plantation and were attacked by a pillion rider.
Police believe the two attackers were insurgents who launched the attack in retaliation against the arrest of their local leader recently.