Four killed in Thailand as gunmen open fire

The shooting continues a spate of recent killings in Thailand's troubled south.

Four killed in Thailand as gunmen open fire
World Bulletin / News Desk
 
Armed men on motorbikes opened fire in Muslim southern Thailand on Thursday morning, killing a Buddhist monk and three other people, one of them a small boy.

The monk, Phra Nom Panon, 67, was conducting his alms round in Pattani's Mae Lan district.

Around 6.20am, armed men dressed in military fatigues opened fire with automatic weapons as villagers approached him with offerings of food, according to local newspapers.

A policeman accompanying the monk returned fire and some of the attackers, suspected of being separatist insurgents, were wounded.

Along with the dead, six others were injured in the attack - five villagers and the policeman.

The shooting continues a spate of recent killings in Thailand's troubled south. Earlier this month, three children were shot dead by unknown assailants outside of their family home as they returned from evening prayer.

A separatist insurgency in the area has caused the death of 6,000 people - around half Muslim and half Buddhist - in the last ten years.

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