No sooner did I post below about the Buddhist monk collecting alms being mowed down by Muslim gunmen, another story of more murdering Muslims in Southern Thailand hit the wires (but never your television set).
Shortly after that attack, 2 more attacks were launched by the “religion of peace” in Southern Thailand.
Six Muslim terrorists opened fire in a busy area of Pattani province’s Yarang district.
Among the killed were a 64-year-old retired policeman and a young Buddhist man. Five bystanders were wounded.
Reuters – PATTANI, Thailand — Suspected Islamic insurgents shot dead a 64-year-oldretired policeman and a young Buddhist man in two separate attacks on Sunday in Thailand’s restive south, police said.
The 64-year-old former policeman was jogging with friends when he was gunned down by two unidentified assailants in Pattani province, police said. Another policeman and two teachers were seriously wounded.
A 23-year-old Buddhist man was killed and his mother wounded in a drive-by shooting in the same province, police said.
More than 4,500 people have been killed since 2004 as ethnic Malay Muslims fight for autonomy from Thailand’s Buddhist majority in the rubber-rich region, just a few hours by car from some of Thailand’s top tourist destinations.
The attacks followed the murder of a Buddhist monk on Saturday in a gun attack that wounded two other monks, one seriously, as they collected alms.
Local Muslims largely oppose the presence of tens of thousands of police, soldiers and state-armed Buddhist guards in the three southernmost provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat, a region that was part an independent Muslim sultanate until annexed by Thailand a century ago.