04 Feb '11, 5am

2 Thai security officers killed by bomb, another shot (via ST iPhone App)

2 Thai security officers killed by bomb, another shot (via ST iPhone App)

Buddhist villagers mourn next to the bodies of their slain relatives. -- PHOTO: REUTERS YALA, Thailand - SUSPECTED Muslim separatists detonated a bomb that killed two security officers in Thailand's restive south and shot another in a separate attack, police said, in the latest escalation of violence in the region. The killings follow a bloody raid on an army camp, a massive roadside bombing, the execution-style shooting of a Buddhist family and several drive-by attacks in the past two weeks, which analysts believe was a political statement by Malay Muslim rebels seeking autonomy from predominantly Buddhist Thailand. The intensification of violence comes after the government hailed the success of security operations and public relations campaigns in reducing the number of attacks. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has said the government was considering lifting the emergenc...

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