Incident Summary:

03/02/2017: Assailants opened fire on the vehicle of Somchai Tongchan in Rueso, Narathiwat, Thailand. At least four people, including Tongchan, a local assistant village chief, and three other family members, were killed and two other people were injured in the assault. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources suspected that the attack was carried out by the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN). Sources also attributed the incident to Runda Kumpulan Kecil (RKK).




Southeast Asia

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Rueso
Specific Description Vehicle of Assistant Village Chief: Somchai Tongchan
Nationality of Target Thailand
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
M16 assault rifles and pistols were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources suspected that the attack may have been the result of a personal dispute. The victims included Rustika Taduang, Son Tongchan, and Thanakit Tongchan. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) (suspected) No
Runda Kumpulan Kecil (RKK) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Family of four shot dead in Thailand," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, March 2, 2017.
"Malay-Muslim insurgents likely to carry out more attacks in Thailand's southern provinces, despite local ceasefire agreement," IHS Global Insight, March 6, 2017.
"Narathiwat family massacre âmay have been revengeâ," The Nation - Thailand, March 3, 2017.