Three Muslims shot dead in Thai south

Gunmen shot and killed three Muslims as they left a mosque after evening prayers.

Muslims as they left a mosque after evening prayers in
Thailand`s insurgency-plagued south, police said on Thursday, amid
an apparent spike in bloodshed in the region.

Two men and a woman died when attackers opened fire on
the Banna Praow mosque in Pattani, one of three southern
provinces that have been rocked by eight years of violence,
last night.

"They were still inside the walls of the mosque when they
were shot after evening prayers. We do not know the motive
yet," said local police officer Lieutenant Parinya Kwankaew.

More than 5,100 people have been killed -- both Muslims
and Buddhists -- in attacks across Pattani, Yala and
Narathiwat since unrest escalated in January 2004, according
to Deep South Watch which monitors the violence. (AFP)


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