Thai Muslims protest killing of religious leader

Muslim villagers blockaded a road in Thailand's south for several hours on Sunday to protest the killing of a religious leader in a grenade attack on a mosque.

Thai Muslims protest killing of religious leader

Muslim villagers blockaded a road in Thailand's south for several hours on Sunday to protest the killing of a religious leader in a grenade attack on a mosque.

The protest by nearly 100 Muslims, mostly teenagers, in the southern province of Pattani came a day after Samarn Usoh, 67, was badly wounded in the attack. He died later in hospital.

"Protesters closed the road which is the entrance to the village. Military officers watched from their checkpoint across the road," a police officer said.

The protest lasted several hours and ended peacefully.

The Thai Army has asked the government to send 10,000 more troops to the region bordering Malaysia, reinforcing the 30,000 soldiers and paramilitary troops already there.

But Thailand's post-coup Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont said it would take a while before security agencies would make a decision on the reinforcements.

Last Mod: 29 Nisan 2007, 16:06
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