Bombs, shootings kill 5, wound 24 in Thai south: Police

Bombs exploded outside a row of crowded roadside restaurants in Thai south.

Bangkok: Suspected insurgents killed five people and wounded 24 in a bloody day of bombings and shootings in Thailand`s troubled south, police said on Sunday.

Militants threw two homemade grenades into busy eateries late yesterday, killing a 35-year-old Buddhist man and injuring another 24.

On the same day, four Muslim men were killed in shooting incidents across the restive southern provinces of Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani.

No group took responsibility for the attack.

More than 4,000 people have been killed in six years of unrest blamed on separatist insurgents in the region bordering Malaysia.

The troubled rubber-rich provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat were part of a Muslim sultanate annexed a century ago by predominantly Buddhist Thailand. About 80 percent of the people in the region are Muslim and speak a Malay dialect.

The violence has ranged from drive-by shootings to bombings and beheadings. It often targets Buddhists and Muslims associated with the Thai state, such as police, soldiers, government officials and teachers.

The deployment of tens of thousands of police and troops empowered by tough security laws has done little to quell the violence, which no credible group has claimed responsibility for.

Bureau Report