Four killed in insurgency-plagued Thai south

Source: Reuters

NARATHIWAT, Thailand, Feb 15 (Reuters) – Four people have died in two shooting incidents in Thailand’s rebellious deep south in the past two days, both incidents involving a mother and daughter, police said. On Monday, a Muslim woman and her daughter were shot dead in a rubber plantation in Narathiwat province, Police Captain Heraman Jaedee said. Heraman said the mother had been summonsed to speak to security authorities and may have been killed to prevent her from giving information to them. In a separate incident on Sunday, a Buddhist woman and her 14-year-old daughter were shot dead in a drive-by attack as they were riding a motorcycle home in Pattani province, said Police Colonel Naraecha Suwanlapa. More than 3,900 people have been killed in six years of unrest blamed on separatist insurgents in the region bordering Malaysia. The troubled rubber-rich provinces of Pattani, Yala, and Narathiwat were part of a Muslim sultanate until annexed a century ago by predominantly Buddhist Thailand. About 80 percent of the region is Muslim and its people speak a Malay dialect. The violence has ranged from drive-by shootings to bombings and beheadings. It often targets Buddhists and Muslims associated with the Thai state, such as police, soldiers, government officials and teachers. The deployment of tens of thousands of police and troops empowered by tough security laws has done little to quell the violence, which no credible group has claimed responsibility for. (For a related Q+A click [ID:nBKK492878]) (Reporting by Surapan Boonthanom; Writing by Ambika Ahuja; Editing by Alan Raybould)
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