TUMPAT: A Malaysian man was among three people killed in a militant attack at a security checkpoint in Takbai, southern Thailand last night.
The victim was identified as Wan Mohd Zain Wan Hussin, 46, of Kampung Ketil here.
Wan Mohd Zain, a cook at a restaurant here, was hit by a bullet when gunmen opened fire at the police roadblock around 10pm.
The other two victims were said to be Thai nationals.
Several policemen were also injured in the attack that saw a bomb being detonated near a gas station. The explosion damaged a police vehicle parked nearby.
Bangkok Post reported that the attack was believed to be the work of a militant group active in the district.
It added that Thai authorities suspected the attack to be linked to the approaching 13th anniversary of the "Tak Bai incident" on Oct 25.
Wan Mohd Zain's brother, Wan Pa said the family was shocked to hear the news last night.
"He crossed over to Takbai after the Maghrib prayer to meet a relative and was planning to return before midnight.
"However, we received the news of the incident at around 11pm," said the 58-year-old man.
He said Wan Mohd Zain's remains would be buried at a cemetery at Kampung Ketil this evening.
Meanwhile, Kelantan Criminal Investigations Department chief Assistant Commissioner Mohd Fakri Che Sulaiman confirmed the incident.
He said police received a report from the victim's family at 9am today.