YALA : Four more people were shot dead in Pattani and Yala today believed to be linked to the armed conflict in southern Thailand provinces.
In the first incident in the district of Mayo, Pattani, a victim identified as Mat Kori Seng, 34, died after being shot on the head while returning home from performing the dawn prayers at a mosque nearby.
"The victim was shot in the head using a shotgun and died at the scene of the incident. Police found two spent shells and were still investigating the motive for the incident," said Mayo Police Deputy Chief, Police Lieutenant Jirasit Lomae today.
In a separate incident in Khokpo, in the same district, he said a senior citizen identified as Anan Keawmani, 60, also died after being shot in the head by an uknown person.
Meanwhile in Betong, Yala, Kanok Titichottikul, 70, and his son, Nattawut Titichottikul, 27, were also shot dead by an unidentified attacker at about 2.15 pm today.
Police were still investigating the motive for the killing.
In Narathiwat, eight Thai military personnel almost died when a bomb weighing 20 kg, which was buried beside a road, exploded as they were carrying a patrol to protect the safety of teachers.