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Three killed, one wounded in Thailand

world Updated: Jan 11, 2009 11:51 IST

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Gunmen killed three people and wounded one in Thailand's south, police said on Sunday, the latest violence in a five year separatist rebellion.


Those killed, two of them Muslim, were shot dead while riding motorcycles to work in a rubber plantation in Bannang Sata district of Yala province, one of three southernmost provinces roiled by violence that has killed 3,200 people since 2004.

The rubber producing provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat, abutting predominantly Muslim Malaysia to the south, were an independent Muslim sultanate until their annexation by Buddhist Thailand a century ago.

No group has claimed responsibility for any of the almost daily shooting, bombings arson attacks, which have driven out many in the 20 per cent Buddhist minority.