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Thai militants kill four: Police

Last Updated: Friday, September 18, 2009 - 13:15

Yala: Suspected Islamist militants shot dead two policemen and two civilians in Thailand`s troubled south as a violence-plagued Ramadan neared an end, police said on Friday.

Attacks in the Muslim-majority region on the Malaysian border have spiked during the traditional holy month of fasting and prayer, adding to the toll of around 3,900 people who have died in a five-year insurgency.

Gunmen shot dead a Buddhist border patrol police sergeant as he drove to pick up his wife, a teacher, in restive Pattani province yesterday, police said.

Another Buddhist policeman was killed in an ambush during a patrol in Pattani province late yesterday, while two other members of the patrol were seriously wounded, they said.

Also in Pattani, gunmen shot a Muslim deputy village chief in a food market yesterday and he died on the way to hospital, said police.

Separately a Muslim man was gunned down and killed in his grocery store in neighbouring Narathiwat province by two men pretending to be customers, they said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, September 18, 2009 - 13:15

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