2 die in attack in Thailand's Muslim south

Men reported to be travelling home from mosque when attackers set off bomb and opened fire

2 die in attack in Thailand's Muslim south

World Bulletin / News Desk

Two men died in an explosion and gun attack in Thailand's insurgency-plagued south overnight as they travelled home from a mosque.

The Bangkok Post reported Sunday that the blast occurred at 1.00 a.m. (0600GMT) as Mahamayuding Pute and Assuwan Yuso were crossing a bridge over a canal in Bannang Sata in the southern part of Yala Province.

Yala is one of three provinces -- Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat -- wracked by an insurgency for more than 50 years, that has become one of the deadliest low-intensity conflicts on the planet.

Police said that a homemade bomb was detonated, after which an unknown number of attackers opened fire. 

An initial report suggests the attack was coordinated by insurgents in the area looking to create further unrest. 

The southern insurgency is rooted in a century-old ethno-cultural conflict between Malay Muslims living in the southern region and the Thai central state where Buddhism is considered the de-facto national religion.

Armed insurgent groups were formed in the 1960s after the then-military dictatorship tried to interfere in Muslim schools, but the insurgency faded in the 1990s.

Since a rejuvenated armed movement emerged in 2004, violence has continued unabated, leaving more than 6,200 dead and around 11,000 injured.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Temmuz 2016, 12:11