Suspected Insurgents Kill 3 Buddhists In Thai South

December 19, 2009

Author: Surapan Boonthanom, Viparat Jantraprap and Jason Szep

Source: Reuters

Suspected Muslim insurgents blew up a gas tank near a school in southern Thailand on Saturday, killing three Buddhist villagers and wounding two including a local leader, police said. 

The blast appeared intended for a senior official of Bajao district in Narathiwat, one of Thailand's three southernmost provinces plagued by insurgent violence as ethnic Malay Muslims fight for autonomy from Thailand's Buddhist majority.

"The bomb was planted near a school. The insurgents detonated it to attack the officials," police Colonel Jamlong Ngamnetara told Reuters.