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Thai Teachers Become Targets in South

Wiry and bespectacled, Piyaporn Maneerat peered nervously ahead as he drove a country road to the elementary school where he is principal. He patted a 9mm handgun under his loose jacket, stroked a shotgun to his left near the gearshift and checked a two-edged knife to his right. His rear seat was pocked by a bullet he fired recently to stave off armed attackers who blocked him on the road. Traveling with him was a nervous young woman he had just hired to replace one of five teachers who are leaving his school in this town in southern Thailand. Officials report that more than 3,700 teachers are fleeing the violence of radical Muslim militants and a government crackdown in Thailand’s three southernmost provinces.Full Story

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