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Seven more killed as violence worsens in Thai south

Seven people have been shot dead thsi week in escalating attacks in Thailand’s south, police said as the government stepped back from a controversial scheme to deny funding to Muslim villages seen as supporting insurgents. The seven were killed since Tuesday in the mainly Buddhist kingdom’s three southernmost Muslim-majority provinces, where an insurgency blamed on Islamic separatists erupted a year ago. Violence has surged since Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s overwhelming re-election on February 6, and took a frightening new turn last week when insurgents detonated their first car bomb just hours after the premier ended a tour of the region. Full Story

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