The mayor of a tambon administration organization in Yaring district of Pattani was shot dead in his vehicle by three gunmen riding in another pickup truck on Friday.
The victim, Mr Sama-ae Doloh, mayor of Piyamumung tambon administration organization, was driving his pick-up truck to his office in Yaring district when another pickup truck gave chase until it caught up with Doloh's vehicle.
Then three masked men riding on the back opened fire with their assault rifles at Doloh, killing him behind the steering wheel. Eyewitnesses said that one of the gunmen disembarked from his vehicle and walked toward Doloh's stationary truck apparently to find out whether he was dead or not and then left quickly.
Police who later arrived at the crime scene to investigate the incident said they were not sure whether the mayor was killed by southern militants or not because the victim used to be an influential figure in the tambon.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)