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Two Muslim men killed in shooting attacks

world Updated: Nov 11, 2009 12:40 IST

Suspected Islamic insurgents shot and killed two Muslim civilians in Thailand's restive south, where more than 4,000 people have died in nearly six years of unrest, police said on Wednesday.

A former deputy village chief was shot dead in troubled Narathiwat province late last night as he walked near his
home, said police.

In Pattani province a Muslim villager was also killed in a drive-by shooting on Tuesday.

More than 4,000 people have been killed and thousands more wounded in Thailand's southernmost provinces bordering Malaysia since January 2004.

The shadowy insurgents, who never publicly state their goals, have targeted Buddhists and Muslims alike, with victims ranging from rubber plantation workers to teachers and security forces.