05 Mar '11, 5am

Monk shot dead in Thai south

Monk shot dead in Thai south

BANGKOK: Gunmen killed a Buddhist monk and injured two others as they collected alms in Thailand's insurgency-plagued south on Saturday, police said. The three monks were shot by two assailants on a motorcycle as they walked through a busy area in Pattani province. Monks often make their daily rounds with a security detail to protect them from attacks, but police said the victims were unaccompanied because they felt they would not be in danger in a market with a lot of people around. 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. Violence appears to have intensified recently. A bomb in Yala province killed nine villagers in January and an unusually bold attack by militants a week earlier on a military base left at least...

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