Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Muslim insurgents, fighting for the establishment of an Islamic state, kill 5 in southern Thailand


Security personnel stand beside a burnt truck belonging to one of the victims at the site of shooting in which five people were killed in the troubled southern Pattani province September 29, 2010.


PATTANI, Thailand (AP)— Suspected Muslim insurgents disguised as policemen killed five people in an attack on a warehouse in southern Thailand, police said Wednesday.

Police Col. Amnart Dee said four men and a woman who were buying and selling fruit at the warehouse were killed in the gun attack Tuesday night in Pattani province's Sai Buri district. A 10-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy were among three people wounded, he said.

Authorities believe the attack was a response to the deaths of two insurgents in a clash with officers on Sept. 10. A joint unit of police and soldiers was sent out to hunt for the attackers, whom police said were implicated in many violent incidents in the area.



Thai security personnel conduct investigations around the bodies of two men killed in the southern Pattani province September 23, 2010.


Wounded Thai soldiers are transported in a pick-up truck after their patrol was hit by a roadside bomb in the southern Pattani province September 23, 2010.


More than 4,200 people have been killed in Thailand's three southernmost provinces since an Islamist insurgency erupted in 2004.

Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala provinces are the only Muslim-majority areas in predominantly Buddhist Thailand. Muslims there have long complained of discrimination by the central government.



Thai security forces inspect the bodies of two Buddhists in Pattani province, south of Bangkok August 29, 2010. Suspected separatist militants shot dead the two Buddhists, police said.


A bodies of two Buddhists are removed in Pattani province, south of Bangkok August 29, 2010. Suspected separatist militants shot dead the two Buddhists, police said.


More than 4,200 people have been killed in Thailand's three southernmost provinces since an Islamist insurgency erupted in 2004.

Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala provinces are the only Muslim-majority areas in predominantly Buddhist Thailand. Muslims there have long complained of discrimination by the central government.

The insurgents have made no public pronouncements, but are thought to be fighting for an independent Muslim state. Their attacks target civilians and businesses, as well as symbols of the state, including soldiers and government officials.


Thai security personnel inspect the site of the shooting in which five people were killed in the troubled southern Pattani province September 29, 2010.


Thai security personnel inspect the site of a bomb blast in Yala province, southern Thailand, September 9, 2010. The bomb was detonated after security forces arrived to investigate the murder of a man, believed to have been killed by separatists.

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