Bangkok: Four people were killed on Friday in
separate incidents in the restive Thai south, according to
police in the region, where violence in a seven-year
insurgency appears to have escalated in recent weeks.
One soldier and two male villagers -- aged 34 and 56
-- were shot dead in ambushes by militants in Pattani
province, while an insurgent wanted by police was shot and
killed by authorities in Yala province.
Shadowy Islamic militants have waged an uprising in
Thailand`s southernmost region bordering Malaysia since early
2004, leaving more than 4,400 people dead, including both
Muslims and Buddhists.
Last week, the government said violence was escalating
in the troubled region, following a string of gun and bomb