Muslims Killed in South as Violence Continues

June 21, 2005

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: AFP

On June 21, 2005 Agence France-Presse reported, "Suspected separatists shot dead three Muslim men, including one found clutching a Koran, in the latest killings in violence-plagued southern Thailand, police said.

Five suspected militants stormed a house in Pattani province where the three men had been praying on Monday and shot them in the head, police said.

Two of the bodies where found inside the house and the third was outside. One of the men had the Islamic holy book in his hand, police said... 'We are not yet able establish the motive of killings, whether it's personal conflict or part of the ongoing unrest,' Captain Thaweesak Daengvorawit told AFP.

Thailand's deep south along the Malaysian border has been roiled by an Islamic separatist insurgency that has left more than 710 people dead since a bloody attack on an army weapons depot in January 2004."