Thai Muslim prayers killed in mosque, protests continue

An number of assailants opened fire on a group of Muslim villagers leaving a mosque after evening prayers in nearby Sabayoi district of Songkhla province, killing five villagers at the scene. Two others died later at the hospital.

Thai Muslim prayers killed in mosque, protests continue
An number of assailants opened fire on a group of Muslim villagers leaving a mosque after evening prayers in nearby Sabayoi district of Songkhla province, killing five villagers at the scene. Two others died later at the hospital.

Muslims believe the security forces, or Buddhist vigilantes, might have a hand in the attacks.

Protesters at Pattani's central mosque continued for a second day, while a young man who was shot at a mosque in Songkha remains in serious condition in hospital. Five young men were shot to death while praying.

The protesters, calling themselves "People's and Student Network Cooperation Centre", criticised the government's policies to tackle the unrest in the three southern border provinces.

They submitted ten demands, focused on two central points, calling for an end to the curfew in two Yala districts and removal of soldiers and paramilitary rangers from all areas in Pattani, Yala, and Narathiwat.

They also call for the lifting of the emergency decree in the four southern border provinces.

Meanwhile, two young men wounded at a mosque shooting in Songkhla's Saba Yoi district remain in hospital.

Karim Mo-a is in serious condition and remains on a respirator.However, Maruding Mati was in stable condition. Both victims were wounded on Thursday, when an number of gunmen sprayed bullets into the mosque.
Last Mod: 01 Haziran 2007, 11:44
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