Buddhist Teacher Shot in Thailand

January 24, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Newsvine

Wire Service: AP


Muslim militants fatally shot a Buddhist teacher as he pulled out of his driveway to head to work Thursday in restive southern Thailand, police said.

Officers detained two suspects in the attack.

The teacher was going to pick up students for classes at a public primary school in Pattani province when a gunman on the back seat of a passing motorcycle opened fire, said police Lt. Ampai Chumchu.

The victim became the first teacher slain this year in Thailand's restive south, where more than 80 Buddhist teachers are among the more than 2,800 people killed since a Muslim insurgency in January 2004.