2 Killed; 8 Injured in the Deep SouthBy Bangkok Pundit Sep 16, 2008 12:06AM UTC
Militants shot dead two Muslim rubber tappers in Thailand’s deep south on Tuesday, then detonated a bomb and wounded five policemen and three villagers who had rushed to the scene, police said.
The father and son were killed in a rubber plantation in Yala, one of four southernmost provinces where 3,100 people have died in a four-year-old separatist insurgency.
Police believed the victims, aged 47 and 28, were attacked because they worked as village defence volunteers.
“The insurgents hate any Muslim who works with the government,” a police investigator told Reuters at the scene.
After killing the two men, the militants detonated a 20-kg roadside bomb as a police truck brought more officers and relatives to the plantation, police said.
BP: That is a big bomb.