Incident Summary:

05/22/2019: Assailants opened fire on the chief executive of the Thathong Subdistrict Administrative Organization, Sama-ae Sama, in Charang Tadong, Yala, Thailand. Sama was killed in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:


Charang Tadong

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Raman district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Tambon Tha Thong Administration Council
Specific Description President: Sama-ae Sama
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 Unknown Gun Type
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 local politics.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Tambon council president shot dead in Yala," The Nation - Thailand, May 23, 2019.
"Southern Thailand: Social Media Weekly Highlights 20-26 May 2019," Summary, May 20, 2019.