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Boy, monk among five people killed in Thai south

Published on Feb 13, 2014 12:40 PM

BANGKOK (AFP) - Suspected Thai militants shot dead five people, including a nine-year-old boy and a Buddhist monk, in the latest attacks in the kingdom's insurgency-torn deep south, police said on Thursday.

The killings appeared to be revenge attacks for the recent deaths of three young Muslim brothers.

Four gunmen on motorcycles opened fire at the monk while he was collecting alms in Mae Lan district of Pattani province on Thursday morning, killing him and three villagers including the boy, police said.

Six other people were wounded, including a policeman providing a security escort for the monk.

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