The Malay muslim  man was killed and his wife critically wounded in a drive-by shooting in Raman district of Yala province on Thursday morning, reports said.

The attack occurred on a rural road in Moo 3, tambon Kortor Tuera, Raman about 6am, according to the reports.

Witnesses said Arsae Waedeeyu, 48, and his wife Korsima, 40, were travelling on a motorcycle along the local road when a gunman riding pillion on another motorbike fired at them with a handgun.

Arsae died on the spot. His wife sustained a critical injury and was taken to Yala hospital.