முஸ்லீம் பயங்கரவாதிகளால் தாய்லாந்து தெற்குபிராந்தியத்தில் இதுவரை 3300 பேர் பலி
Five killed in Thai south as death toll rises to 3,300: police
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YALA, Thailand (AFP) — Suspected separatists killed five people in Thailand's Muslim-majority south, police said Tuesday, as the death toll in the region soared to 3,300 in more than four years of violence.
A spree of shootings hit the far south on Monday evening, with two Muslim men in their 50s and a teenager killed in separate attacks across Narathiwat province, local police said.
In nearby Pattani province the same night, a 45-year-old Buddhist man was shot dead, while in Yala province militants attacked a house, killing a 15-year-old Muslim boy and injuring his four-year-old sister.
Officials at Southern Police Headquarters on Tuesday reported that 475 people have been killed so far this year in violence related to the separatist insurgency.
That raises the total number of people killed since the latest rebellion broke out in January 2004 to more then 3,300 people, including government officials, soldiers, civilians and militants.
The three far-southern provinces bordering Malaysia were an autonomous Malay Muslim sultanate until mainly Buddhist Thailand annexed the region in 1902, provoking decades of tension.
Despite attempts by various governments to curb the bloodshed, the murky nature of the insurgency has prevented much progress, with no groups claiming responsibility for the attacks or making any demands.
Human rights groups, meanwhile, say abuses by the army have created a deep mistrust between the local Muslim community and the authorities.