BANGKOK (AP) — Police say suspected Muslim insurgents have killed a Buddhist teacher and set her body on fire in Thailand’s insurgency-plagued south.
Police Maj. Gen. Pote Suaysuwan said the English-language teacher was shot Friday in a drive-by shooting as she rode a motorcycle to her school in Pattani province.
He said two suspects on a motorcycle shot her in the head, then doused her with gasoline and set her body on fire. They scattered flyers with anti-Buddhist messages before fleeing.
The militants mainly target security forces and people such as teachers who are perceived as representatives of the government in predominantly Buddhist Thailand.
About 170 teachers are among more than 5,000 people who have been killed in the country’s three southernmost provinces since an Islamic insurgency erupted in 2004.