Terror in Thailand – two Buddhist teens shot dead

Police investigate the scene of the shooting at a rubber plantation in Pattani's Yaring district on Saturday in which two teenagers were shot dead and three others managed to flee. (Photo by Abdulloh Benjakat)

Two male teenagers were shot dead and three others narrowly escaped when an unknown number of armed men fired shots at them while they were collecting wild products in Yaring district around noon on Saturday.

The shooting occurred at a rubber plantation in tambon Torlang, said Pol Capt Theera Iedchata, deputy investigation chief at Yaring police station, who was reported at noon.

The body of the teenager, identified later as Peerapat Tiew-ied, 18, was found shot dead at the scene, while Atthawut Chanhom, 19, sustained gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at a local hospital, said police.

A police investigation found that the two victims and three other youths, all from Panare district of this southern province, were collecting wild products when they were attacked by three armed men.

The three youths — Warawut Khamkaew, 18, Anumas Thippawong, 13, and Natthapop Intharathit — ran away before the gunmen opened fire.

The slain teenagers and their friends were Buddhists. Police believed the shooting was related to the ongoing southern unrest. – Bangkok Post

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