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Thai Buddhist shrine ransacked

A Buddhist shrine has been ransacked in the latest violence to hit southern Thailand, following the beheading of a Buddhist farmer at the weekend. Talks on the ongoing attacks – due to have involved a separatist Muslim leader and the government – were indefinitely called off on Tuesday. Deputy Prime Minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh said he was worried the talks would jeopardise security. As many as 200 people have died in the violence since the start of the year. About 20 people broke into the Lim Ko Nhieo shrine in Pattani before dawn on Tuesday and broke lamps and threw furniture around, Pote Sauysuwan, the chief of Pattani police, told the Associated Press. The shrine is next to Krue Se mosque, where security forces in April killed 32 militants who were hiding inside after an earlier shootout. Full Story

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