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Hundreds of southern Thai schools shut over militant attacks

Published on Nov 26, 2012 10:30 PM
 
Thai bomb squad members inspect the site of a bomb blast at a pavilion in a school triggered by suspected separatist militants in Thailand's restive southern province of Narathiwat on Sept 24, 2012. Teachers in insurgency-wracked southern Thailand decided on Monday to suspend classes at hundreds of schools in the region over the killings of education workers by Muslim militants. -- PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (AFP) - Teachers in insurgency-wracked southern Thailand decided on Monday to suspend classes at hundreds of schools in the region over the killings of education workers by Muslim militants.

"We want to put pressure on security forces and the government to take greater care of our safety," said Mr Boonsom Thongsriply, chairman of the teachers association in the region.

The move means 321 schools will temporarily shut from Tuesday in Pattani, one of several southern-most provinces plagued by an eight-year-old insurgency.

It is unclear when they will reopen.

 
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