Suspected insurgents kill 3 in Thailand's south

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Posted: Aug 04, 2011 3:12 AM
Suspected insurgents kill 3 in Thailand's south

Police say suspected Islamic insurgents shot dead a religious teacher and two other civilians in the Thailand's violence-plagued south.

Pol. Lt. Ronnachai Wimonsombat says suspected militants opened fire with M-16 rifles on a 39-year-old Muslim teacher as he was taking a shower at his house in Pattani's Nong Jik district early Thursday.

In a separate attack, Pol. Col. Asis U-mayee says a pair of gunmen also killed two motorcycle-bound rubber tappers in a village in nearby Sai Buri district the same day.

It was not clear what provoked the attacks.

Pattani is one of three Muslim-dominated provinces in far southern Thailand. More than 4,300 people have been killed in the region since an Islamist insurgency first flared in 2004.