Five shot dead in troubled Thai south: Police

Suspected Islamic separatist militants shot dead five civilians in attacks across Thailand`s restive south.

Last Updated: Oct 06, 2010, 20:59 PM IST

Yala: Suspected Islamic separatist
militants shot dead five civilians in attacks across
Thailand`s restive south, police said on Wednesday.

A 33-year-old Muslim man was gunned down in the driveway
of his home as he returned from a party yesterday evening in
Yala, one of three insurgency-hit provinces. He died
instantly.

In a separate incident on the same evening, a 43-year-old
Muslim local administration chief was shot dead at his home in
Pattani province.

Also in Pattani, three Buddhist men were killed while
they were transporting chickens to a slaughterhouse yesterday
night.

The wave of violence comes as a new commander takes
charge of Thailand`s armed forces in the troubled southern
border provinces.

More than 4,300 people, both civilians and security
personnel, have been killed in the Muslim-majority region
since a separatist insurgency erupted more than six years ago.

Rights groups have warned that alleged abuses by the
security forces in the region risk stoking the unrest.

PTI