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Thai security forces to be investigated

Thailand has set up an independent commission to probe whether its security forces used excessive force last week when they stormed a centuries-old southern Thai mosque, and killed 32 suspected Islamic militants holed up inside. The investigation comes amid mounting international concern over the slaughter of 108 people – whom Bangkok insists were all armed militants – after insurgents mounted simultaneous attacks on police posts across southern Thailand last Wednesday. Jakrapop Penkhair, a government spokesman, said the seven-member commission – whose members include prominent Muslim diplomats, bureaucrats and academics – would prepare an “anatomy of the incident”, exploring both “what led up to it and how it was handled”. Pisan Wattanawongkeeree, the chief of the southern army, raised the spectre on Tuesday of foreign involvement in fomenting the suicidal offensives, suggesting that seven slain militants whose bodies were as yet unclaimed may not have been Thais. Full Story

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