Grenade killed Muslim in Pattani

An elderly man was killed and 17 people wounded when a grenade was thrown at a group of Muslims in Pattani, south of Thailand, police said.

Grenade killed Muslim in Pattani

An elderly man was killed and 17 people wounded when a grenade was thrown at a group of Muslims in Pattani, south of Thailand, police said on Saturday.

An unknown attacker on a motorcycle lobbed the grenade at the group around midnight in Pattani, one of three mainly Muslim provinces bordering Malaysia where nearly 3,500 people have died in violence since 2004.

The attack took the number of deaths in the rubber-rich region to 17 in the last 10 days, with more than 60 people wounded.

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

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

Reuters
Last Mod: 29 Ağustos 2009, 16:53
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