YALA, Thailand, Dec 6, 2006 (AFP) - Suspected separatist militants have killed 11 people, including two policemen, in Thailand's Muslim-majority south, police said Wednesday, in a bloody two days across the troubled region.
In the latest attack, a Buddhist man was shot dead at a gas station in Yala province on Wednesday afternoon. Police said militants stole his pick-up truck.
Earlier on Wednesday, two men were shot dead in a drive-by shooting in Yala, while a soldier assigned to protect local schoolteachers was killed when a roadside bomb exploded. Two other soldiers were injured.
|A soldier killed by a bomb explosion outside a car showroom in Yala province southern Thailand, 06 December 2006.|
On Tuesday, two Muslims, including a 13-year-old boy, were shot several times in Narathiwat and died at the scene.
Police also confirmed that two people were killed by a bomb that exploded Tuesday morning outside a car showroom in Yala.
Violence has intensified in the three southern provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat in the past month, despite moves by Thailand's post-coup government to forge peace in the region.