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Two Muslim men shot dead in Thai south: police

Separatist militants shot and killed two Muslim civilians in Thailand's restive south, where an insurgency has been raging for the last five years, police said on Wednesday.

world Updated: Mar 04, 2009 11:42 IST

Separatist militants shot and killed two Muslim civilians in Thailand's restive south, where an insurgency has been raging for the last five years, police said on Wednesday.

The men, one of whom was a defence volunteer, were caught in an ambush as they rode their motorcycles from a forest in troubled Narathiwat province late on Tuesday, said police.

In a separate incident, rescue workers on Tuesday recovered the bodies of a marine sergeant and a Thai Buddhist village defence volunteer after their patrol boat capsized in neighbouring Yala province, they said.

More than 3,600 people have been killed since unrest erupted five years ago in the Muslim-majority south. Tensions have simmered since predominantly Buddhist Thailand annexed the mainly Malay sultanate in 1902.