03 Feb '11, 3am

5 killed in restive Thai south

5 killed in restive Thai south

YALA, Thailand: Five people were killed and three wounded when unknown gunmen opened fire on a grocery store in Thailand's troubled, Muslim-majority south on Thursday, police said. Assailants with assault riffles sprayed bullets into a crowd of people who had gathered in front of the shop for early morning exercises in insurgency-plagued Pattani province. "Five people died instantly and three were injured, one of whom is critically wounded," a police report said. In a separate attack, a 49-year-old Muslim rubber tapper was found dead with his throat cut in Pattani on Thursday morning. Police said he had also been hit over the head with a blunt object. Shadowy Islamic insurgents have waged a violent campaign in Thailand's southernmost region bordering Malaysia since early 2004, leaving more than 4,400 people dead, including both Muslims and Buddhists. Fighting appears to ha...

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