Published on February 11, 2008
Suspected militants killed Arong Masaejunarong, the chief of Ban Suloh village at about 8am.
He was accompanied by his assistant Mama Hama when he was driving his car to a tea shop in Rusoh district.
Gunmen who had been riding a motorcycle fired at them when they were about to get out of the car.
Arong was struck three times in the head while Mama was shot in the left knee, police said.
Police believe the attack was part of a string of violent incidents that have plagued the South since early 2004.
More than 2,800 people have lost their lives.
Elsewhere in in the South, hundreds of troopers raided villages and took two suspects into custody for being involved in violent incidents in the region.
Fitree Laeha, 17, was held after 100 soldiers raided Ban Yalaeboh in Rusoh district at about 7am.
He was accused of murdering Utheng Saeung in July.
Another suspect was arrested at about 8.30am in Yala province's Raman district.
Mamud Isohmusoh was detained after he fired a pistol at military officers who tried to stop him while he was driving a motorcycle in the district.
No one was hurt in the shooting, police said.