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
In a separate incident on the same evening, a 43-year-old
Muslim local administration chief was shot dead at his home in
Also in Pattani, three Buddhist men were killed while
they were transporting chickens to a slaughterhouse yesterday
The wave of violence comes as a new commander takes
charge of Thailand`s armed forces in the troubled southern
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.