Spate of attacks leaves 7 dead in south Thailand

BANGKOK • Three people were killed and a dozen injured in four separate bomb blasts in Thailand's war-torn deep south, police said yesterday, while another four died in shooting and arson attacks.

More than 6,300 people have been killed in near-daily conflict pitting troops and police against rebels seeking greater autonomy for the three Muslim-majority provinces bordering Malaysia since 2004.

In the latest spate of attacks on Friday evening, three people died and four were injured when a motorcycle bomb exploded outside a karaoke bar in southern Songkhla province's Sadao district, which borders the conflict-hit region .

Southern Narathiwat province was hit by three bomb blasts on Friday, including one at a karaoke bar in Sugnai Kolok district that wounded eight people just before the motorcycle bomb went off, according to a statement by the southern regional police.

Shortly after midnight, an arson attack on shops in the same district left three more people dead, police said, while in a nearby area a 35-year-old Muslim man was shot dead by an unknown number of gunmen, who fled the scene.

It was not immediately clear if the attacks were coordinated, but they come during the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, when the south often experiences an upswing in violence.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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