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Three killed as fresh violence grips southern Thailand

A village chief and two other Buddhists were shot dead in southern Thailand in one of the bloodiest days of violence in recent weeks in the Muslim-dominated region, police said. The deaths, all in isolated attacks in Narathiwat province, came as security sources said they had arrested a prime suspect in the Islamist separatist insurgency which flared to life in January. More than 560 people have been killed since then. Village headman Kliang Jankong, 52, was shot three times by unknown attackers in Bacho district after seeing his daughter off to school, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. “Police are convinced the killing was part of the ongoing violence in the southern provinces,” Bacho police superintendent Colonel Somchai Sawasdisak said in a report. Somporn Nasanit, a 65-year-old retired headmaster, was gunned down in a village near Tak Bai town after attackers entered his convenience store posing as customers, police said. A third person, vendor Tan Khanchompoo, was shot dead while pushing his ice cream cart in Sungai Padi district, police said. Full Story

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