Pattani female banker killed, burned

PATTANI — Suspected insurgents on Wednesday evening shot dead a female bank employee, burned her body and left a note with written message to army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha.

The body of Sayamol sae Lim, 29, was discovered near her motorcycle on highway No.42 (Pattani-Narathiwat route) at Ban To Tee Tae in tambon Tonyong Jua Nga of Yaring district. 

When security officers and a paramedic team arrived at the scene, they found Sayamol’s head and upper torso in flames.

Sayamol was an employee of Bangkok Bank’s Nong Chik branch.

Pol Lt Somchoke Mankhong of Yaring police station said the victim was returning to her home in Panare district on her motorcycle when an unknown number of assailants shot her and used petrol to burn her body. 

The attackers left a note with a written message in Thai that challenged security forces working in the strife-torn deep South and Gen Prayuth. The message can be translated as: “Dear army chief, this is not the last body after the three brothers”. 

The message apparently referred to the Feb 3 shooting attack that killed three Malay-Muslim brothers — aged 6, 9 and 11 years-old —  and wounded their parents in Narathiwat’s Bacho district, in an incident that shocked local residents and the authorities. 

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