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112 Killed in South Thailand Gunbattles

Police gunned down machete-wielding militants who stormed security outposts in Thailand’s Muslim-dominated south Wednesday, killing at least 112 people in one of the bloodiest days in the Southeast Asian kingdom. The attackers were mostly teenagers — some wearing red headbands — intent on stealing guns. They were poorly armed and overwhelmed by police, who had been tipped off in advance and were lying in wait for them. Officials said 107 militants and five security personnel were killed. In Bangkok, a somber but resolute Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said the shootings would help halt a simmering, decades-old Islamic separatist struggle in the mainly Buddhist nation. Full Story

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