Muslims killed in Asian regions of Yala, Pattani

Five people have been killed and four wounded in Muslim region Yala and Pattani in south of Thailand, police said.

Muslims killed in Asian regions of Yala, Pattani

 

Five people have been killed and four wounded in Muslim region Yala and Pattani in south of Thailand, police said on Tuesday.

The attacks, which included drive-by shootings and a roadside bombing, took place late on Monday and early on Tuesday.

Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat provinces were part of a Malay Muslim sultanate until occupied by Buddhist Thailand a century ago, and pro-independence moves have arised ever since.

In Yala province's Bannang Sata a Muslim woman was shot dead and three soldiers wounded in a roadside bombing late on Monday, police said.

Around the same time, two Muslims were killed in separate drive-by shootings in Pattani's Sai Buri district and an assistant village leader was badly wounded in Narathiwat when unknown assailants sprayed automatic gunfire at his vehicle.

A teacher couple were killed by unknown gunmen while riding on a motorcycle early on Tuesday, police said.

The attacks took the death toll to 18 in the past 10 days, with 37 people wounded, according to police data.

Local Muslims largely oppose the presence of tens of thousands of police, soldiers and state-armed Buddhist guards in the rubber-rich region and many suspect the authorities of carrying out extrajudicial killings.

 

Agencies

 

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