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3 Thai soldiers, 1 civilian killed in south

3 Thai soldiers, 1 civilian killed in south

Three soldiers and a civilian were killed Monday in Thailand's restive south, all gunned down by suspected Muslim insurgents.
Two soldiers were ambushed and killed while patrolling a street in Narathiwat province, Police Senior Sgt. Maj. Sompong Jornpattalung said.
A third soldier was shot dead while on motorcycle patrol in Yala province, according to a police officer who refused to be named because he was not authorized to release the information. Three other soldiers were wounded in the second attack.
An employee of a state-run phone company was shot and killed on her way home from work in Pattani province, police said. A second employee driving with her was wounded.
Police said Muslim insurgents were suspected in all three attacks.
More than 3,300 people, mostly civilians, have died since early 2004 as a result of the Islamic insurgency in southern Thailand. Attacks have generally taken the form of drive-by shootings and bombings intended to frighten Buddhist residents into leaving the predominantly Muslim area.
Thailand's population is about 90 percent Buddhist, and many of the country's Muslims say they are treated as second-class citizens.


Updated : 2021-06-19 14:41 GMT+08:00