Village defender shot, wounded in Yala

A village defence unit member was shot and wounded in Yala's Muang district early Sunday, police said.

Pol Lt Somchai Makchuay, of Muang district police station, said Mayako Paji, 37, was attacked by an assailant hidden on a road side with a shotgun while returning home on a motorcycle at about 1.45am.

Mayako was hit many times in the body but managed to speed away to see a friend, who took him to Yala Hospital for treatment.

Earlier in Yala's Thanto district, a power transformer at Ban Batu Pute in tambon Ban Rae was set ablaze.

Eyewitnesses told police that two men came on a motorcycle, placed a car tyre and a piece of cloth soaked with petrol under the transformer and set it on fire.

The damaged transformer caused a power blackout in tambon Ban Rae.

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