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Teacher shot dead at school in Thailand

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 18:07

Pattani (Thailand): Police say a Thai teacher was shot dead while having lunch at his school`s cafeteria, the first death of an educator this year in Thailand`s violence-wracked south.
Police Col Pakdee Preechachon said today that 51-year-old Chonlathee Charoenchon was killed by gunmen at Ban Tanyong School in Bacho district in Narathiwat province.
Pakdee said four gunmen entered the school`s compound on two motorcycles, and one of them took the teacher`s car after having shot him.

Nearly 160 school personnel have been killed since an Islamist insurgency first flared in Thailand`s three southernmost provinces in 2004.

A total of more than 5,000 people have been killed in the Muslim-dominated sub-region.

Teachers and security officials have been targeted by the insurgents, whose apparent goal is a separate state from the predominantly Buddhist country.


First Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 18:07
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