Thursday, June 17, 2010
Thai security personnel investigate around the body of a Buddhist man shot dead in the southern Yala province June 13, 2010.
BANGKOK: Suspected insurgents killed five people and wounded 24 in a bloody day of bombings and shootings in Thailand's troubled south, police said on Sunday.
Militants threw two homemade grenades into busy eateries late on Saturday, killing a 35-year-old Buddhist man and injuring another 24.
Thai security personnel investigate the site of an improvised explosive device attack in the southern Yala province June 13, 2010. Four Thai soldiers were seriously wounded when their patrolling vehicle was hit by an explosive device.
On the same day, four Muslim men were killed in shooting incidents across the restive southern provinces of Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani.
More than 4,100 people -- both Buddhists and Muslims -- have died during a six-year anti-government insurgency across the south, led by a shadowy mix of Islamist and separatist militants who never publicly state their goals.
A man sits at a roadside restaurant after a bomb blast in the southern Yala province June 12, 2010. Two bombs exploded outside a row of crowded roadside restaurants in Thailand's restive south, killing one person and wounding 26.
The Muslim-majority region was an autonomous Malay Muslim sultanate until it was annexed in 1902 by mainly Buddhist Thailand and tensions have simmered there ever since, flaring up into the current insurgency in January 2004.
Bombs and shootings kill 5, wound 24 in southern Thailand: Police - Rest of World - World - The Times of India
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