One murder likely due to political conflict, the other due to a drug deal gone bad.
On February 19th, 2021, police in Pattani province were informed of a shooting in the middle of the night. Officers went to inspect the scene and found a house near a rubber plantation. A man was found in a pool of blood on the ground. He was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries from four gunshot wounds. He did not survive his injuries. The man is identified as Mr. Abdullah Salate, 47 years old.
The man’s Toyota truck was found nearby riddled with bullet holes. Before the incident, Mr. Abuddlah had sold rubber according to the family. He was outside washing his truck when the family heard gunshots. The perpetrators fled before they could be identified.
Police said that Mr. Abdullah was involved in local politics and had tried to become the assistant village headman. The firearm used in the murder was an assault rifle.
On the same day, police in Pattani found the body of Mr. Ibrahim Poetae, 28 years old. He was shot twice in the face.
Family of the victim said that before the incident Mr. Ibrahim had been out all day. He was working in a rubber plantation. There was a disagreement with a friend, who pulled out a gun and shot Mr. Ibrahim twice in the face.
The report says that the motive may have been a drug deal gone bad.
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My take: If I had a baht for every time a village headman or assistant village headman was shot down in Yala province, I’d be rich. It happens at least twice a week.
The other case, related to drugs, isn’t surprising. The flow of narcotics through the southern provinces into Malaysia is a subject I will be focusing on in future in depth reports.
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