Retired policeman slain in Pattani

A retired police officer was killed in a drive-by shooting in Nong Chik district, Pattani province on Tuesday night, police said.

He was identified as Pol Sub-Lt Phana Sricharoen, 61, a former deputy investigator chief at Muang Pattani police station.

Pol Maj Gen Phot Suaysuwan, chief of Pattani police, said the shooting occurred at 8.10pm on the Pattani-Nong Chik road at Ban Don Rak in Nong Chik.

According to witnesses, Pol Sub-Lt Phana was travelling back home on his motorcycle when a gunman riding pillion on another motorcycle fired on him with a handgun.

The former police officer was shot in the back and head and died on the spot.

The assailants stole Pol Sub-Lt Phana’s handgun before fleeing.

Police blamed separatist militants.

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