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Kamnan’s wife and daughter killed in gun attack in Chiang Rai

A tambon headman and his 3-year old son were seriously injured but his  wife and a 5-year daughter were killed by a group of gunmen as they were travelling home in a pickup truck in Wiang Kaen district of Chiang Rai on Tuesday evening (April 24).

The two victims, identified as Mrs Maiyear Wongnapapaisarn and Chayaporn Yodmaneebanpot, 5, died in the vehicle after gunmen opened fire with AK47 assault rifles into the pickup truck driven by the kamnan, Mr Thaweesak Yodmaneebanpot, headman of Tambon Por.

Mr Thaweesak, also chairman of the Hmong Association of Thailand, sustained gunshot wound on his right arm while his son, Chaimongkon, 3, was wounded in the left leg.

Mr Thaweesak and his family were travelling together in their pickup truck on road from Ban Romfathong to Ban Pa Tang for home while the gunmen, riding in another pickup truck gave chase and opened fire.

The injured and the dead victims were later rushed to the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital by passers-by who came across the shooting incident.  

Wiang Kaen district chief officer, Mr Kamson Sripo, praised Mr Thaweesak as a strict law enforcer, especially against illegal drug trade which could be the motive for the fatal gun attack.

Pol Gen Chalermkiart Sriworakhan, the deputy police chief, on Wednesday (April 25) inspected the crime scene and later met with local police for a briefing of the shooting incident.

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