Three Muslim civilians killed, Thai police says

Three Muslim civilians were killed in separate attacks in the south on Thursday, Thai police said.

Three Muslim civilians killed, Thai police says

Three Muslim civilians were killed in separate attacks in the south on Thursday, Thai police said.

The attacks took place in Yala.

A man was gunned down as he left his house to attend morning prayers in the province's Krong Pinang subdistict.

That was followed by the drive-by shooting of a civil servant as he rode his motorcycle to work in Bannang Sata.

A woman was killed when a bomb exploded before dawn in front of the rubber plantation where she worked in Yaha, police said.

The attacks took the number of deaths in the region to 16 in just over a week, with nearly 50 people injured, among them 42 hurt in a car bombing on Tuesday.

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

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

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

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