Sunday, June 22, 2008

Muslim insurgents kill 4 in attack on train in restive southern Thailand: police

Sunday, June 22, 2008

BANGKOK, Thailand: Suspected Muslim insurgents shot dead four people aboard a train as it traveled through southern Thailand, police said.

Ten gunmen entered the driver's cabin as the train approached a station in Yala province on Saturday night, then shot and killed three civilian employees and a policeman, said police Lt. Noraset Suksri.

The attackers fled when the train stopped after the shooting, the police officer said.

Yala is one of three southernmost provinces beset by a separatist insurgency in which more than 3,000 people have been killed since early 2004.

Muslims in the three provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat — the majority in Buddhist Thailand's far south — accuse the central government of discrimination, especially in jobs and education.

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