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A Buddhist teacher was shot dead and his body was torched by Muslim insurgents in this southern border province Monday afternoon.

Police said Samrit Phandej, 52, was shot dead on the Karubi-Plong Hoi Road in Buanaera village in Tambon Plong Hoi of Kapho district at 4:30 pm.

Samrit taught at the Ban Bango Yimeng School. He came from Yala’s Muang district to teach at the school.

Police said Samrit was riding his motorcycle from the school to return home all alone and was shot by a pillion rider, using an AK-47 assault rifle.

The two insurgents then poured petrol over the teacher’s body and set fire before fleeing the scene.


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