தாய்லாந்து: இரண்டு பௌத்தபெண்களை முஸ்லீம் பயங்கரவாதிகள் சுட்டு எரித்தனர்
2 women shot dead, burned in South
Published: 20/05/2009 at 03:08 PM Two elderly women were shot dead and their bodies set on fire on Wednesday in the latest atrocity in the troubled far south, police said. They blamed the murders on separatists.
They said a 62-year-old woman and her 78-year-old mother-in-law returning home by motorbike from a market in Pattani province were killed in a drive-by shooting.
Police in the district of Panare said they found the bodies badly burned in the middle of the road at the scene of the killing.
One soldier was also slightly wounded when a small bomb exploded several metres from the bodies as he went with police to investigate.
More than 3,600 people have been killed and thousands more wounded in five years of separatist violence across the three Muslim-majority provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat.
Attacks have become increasingly brutal as the insurgency drags on, with corpses sometimes mutilated or burnt and left in public areas.
Buddhist-majority Thailand annexed the ethnic Malay and mainly Muslim area in 1902, sparking decades of tension.