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Thai army rangers admit to killing three boys in deep south: Police

Published on Mar 4, 2014 2:39 PM
Thai hospital workers cover the body of a Muslim boy who was killed in a shooting attack by suspected separatist militants in the Bacho district of Thailand's restive southern province of Narathiwat late on Feb 3, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

NARATHIWAT, Thailand (AFP) - Two Thai army rangers have confessed to shooting dead three young brothers in the country's violence-torn deep south, in an attack that sparked a spate of gruesome tit-for-tat killings, the police said on Tuesday.

Maming Bin Mama, 21 and Sagrueara Jaehsea, 25, confessed on Monday to gunning down the brothers - aged three, five and nine - as they returned home from a local mosque in Bacho at the start of February.

The men also shot the boys' mother, who was pregnant, although she survived the attack.

The district is among the most volatile in Narathiwat province - one of three Muslim-majority southern provinces blighted by a decade-long insurgency which has claimed around 6,000 lives.

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