Gunmen Kill 2 Monks in Southern Temple Attack

Authorities seen Saturday morning at the Rattana Nuphap Temple, hours after an attack that killed at least  two monks.

NARATHIWAT — Police on Saturday were still looking for the gunmen who attacked a temple in the Deep South, killing two Buddhist monks and injuring two others.

At about 8:30pm on Friday, an unknown number of gunmen attacked the monks at the Rattana Nuphap Temple in Narathiwat’s Su-ngai Padi district. The temple’s abbot, Prakru Prachote Rattananurak – also chief monk of the Sungai Padi district – died at the scene along with monk Phra Samu Auttapon Khun-ampai.

Another two monks were injured and sent for treatment.

The Army Area commander Lt. Gen. Pornsak Poolsawat ordered increased security measures at temples in the Deep South.

Government spokesman Puttipong Bunnakun said on Saturday morning that authorities are looking for the attackers.

Narathiwat is among the Deep South provinces, which have a major ethnic Muslim population.