5 killed, 11 wounded in Thailand's violent South

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Posted: Aug 25, 2011 1:04 AM
5 killed, 11 wounded in Thailand's violent South

Police say suspected militants have killed five people and wounded 11 in three overnight attacks in Thailand's insurgency-plagued south.

Pol. Col. Chaiwat Nittayawimon says one soldier and one paramilitary ranger were killed overnight Wednesday when about 10 suspected militants attacked their operations base in Songkhla province. Another ranger was wounded. Police did not say if the attackers stole any weapons.

Attacks in Songkhla province are rare.

In two other attacks late Wednesday and early Thursday in other southern provinces suspected insurgents killed three, including a 4-year-old girl, and wounded 10.

More than 4,700 people have been killed in Thailand's Muslim-dominated southern provinces since an Islamist insurgency flared in 2004.