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Two shot dead in Thailand's restive south

A soldier and a Buddhist villager were shot dead by suspected Islamic terrorists in separate drive-by shootings.

india Updated: Dec 25, 2006 09:59 IST

A soldier and a Buddhist villager were shot dead by suspected Islamic terrorists in separate drive-by shootings on Monday in Thailand's restive Muslim-majority south, police said.

A 32-year-old Muslim army sergeant was gunned down by two terrorists while driving a motorcycle in Pattani, one of three violence-torn southern provinces bordering Malaysia, they said.

Also in Pattani, a 34-year-old Buddhist worker was shot dead by insurgents when he was driving a motorcycle.

The troubled area was an independent sultanate until it was annexed by mainly Buddhist Thailand in 1902. Separatist violence has erupted periodically ever since.

The latest violence has killed more than 1,700 people since January 2004.

Thailand's military-installed government, which came to power following a bloodless coup in September that ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra, has offered a number of olive branches in a bid to forge peace in the restive south.

But deadly attacks have continued to rock the region.