Monday, August 27, 2007

Restiveness Kills Teacher

More "restive" activities from the "separatists".

Schools closed after attacks in S Thailand

Education system in Thailand's far southern region was hit by fresh violent attacks on Monday as a female teacher was killed in a drive-by shooting, while bombing and arson attacks prompted schools in the Pattani and Yala provinces to close.

Kesinee Timptep, 42, was shot at the gate of the Sassanasuksa School in Sai Buri district, Pattani province at 10:30 a.m. Monday, according to news network The Nation. She later died at a local hospital.

Witnesses told police that she was shot in the head by a pillion rider who fled the scene after the shooting, the report said.

Earlier in Pattani, three schools and a child development center in Sai buri district, and two schools in Kapo district were torched, prompting the closure of all schools in the two districts for Monday, according to Thai News Agency.

In Pattani's Yarang district, three schools have been closed for an indefinite period due to security concerns after the director of a local school was killed last Friday.

In nearby province Yala, two bombs exploded in front of the Banphaphoo-ngo School in Raman district early Monday.

The first bomb went off at 5:20 a.m. (2230GMT), while a second bomb was detonated as security personnel arrived to investigate the first bombing. No one was wounded in the incidents. The school closed on Monday after the bombing.