Six Muslims killed in Thailand, police says

Security forces killed six Muslims what they called "insurgents" on Tuesday in Muslim region, Thailand's police said.

Six Muslims killed in Thailand, police says

Security forces killed six Muslims what they called "insurgents" on Tuesday in Muslim region, Thailand's police said.

The killings happened after dozens of police and soldiers surrounded a house in Pattani province's Kok Poh district, said Maj. Gen. Pichet Pitisetpan.

"They did not turn themselves in and instead opened fire from inside the house on the officers, so the security forces had to fire back," the official described the incident.

He also said that two soldiers were wounded.

Local Muslims oppose emergency rule Thai government extended and the presence of thousands of soldiers deployed including Thais armed by the state.

Three provinces of Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani were once an independent Muslim sultanate until occupied by predominantly Buddhist Thailand.

Thailand has blamed most of the attacks on Muslim armed groups.

Human rights groups have previously accused Thai authorities of major abuses in the south, including the use of unnecessary force in the 2004 siege of a mosque in which 32 suspected insurgents were killed.

Agencies

Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Kasım 2009, 15:26
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