Former local leader slain in Pattani

A former assistant village chief was shot dead in Pattani's Mayo district early Thursday, police said.

The attack occurred about 2am while Surachai Potae, 44, of Village Group 8 in tambon Lubo Yirai, was walking home along the village's main road.

Two men arrived on a motorcycle and both opened fire at Surachai, hitting him six times in the body and head, before speeding away.

Surachai died on the spot.

Police were investigating whether insurgents were involved in the murder because Surachai was a former assistant village chief.

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