Three civilians gunned down in Thailand's restive south
BANGKOK (AFP) - Gunmen dressed as local officials killed three Muslim civilians at a tea shop in Thailand's insurgency-hit south on Saturday, according to police, in the latest act of violence in the festering rebellion.
Up to eight suspected rebels wearing government-style caps and carrying apparent official documents opened fire with machine guns on the tea shop in Raman district of Yala province on Saturday morning.
"They were dressed like security officials and carried official documents pretending that they were there to gather information," Major Prathuang Suwanchatri of Raman police said.
"All three victims were former village headman or deputy headmen who had cooperated with authorities in the past," he said, adding another person was injured in the shooting.