Ten killed in series of attacks in southern Thailand

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The Independent Online

An army spokesman says 10 people have been killed and at least 25 wounded in two days of attacks in insurgency-plagued southern Thailand.

Army spokesman Col. Parinya Chaidilok says a series of drive-by shootings yesterday in the provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala left eight dead, including Buddhist and Muslim civilians, a Muslim candidate for the local administration and a volunteer security official.

Parinya says security forces also shot and killed two suspected insurgents in raids Wednesday in Yala and Narathiwat.

He says a bomb hidden on a motorcycle exploded in Pattani, wounding 25 people Thursday.

More than 3,700 people have died in Thailand's three southernmost provinces since an insurgency flared in January 2004.