Four Buddhists shot dead in unrest

The Australian
From correspondents in Yala, Thailand
September 27, 2006

SUSPECTED Islamic militants today shot dead four Buddhists in two separate attacks in Thailand’s mainly Muslim south, where an insurgency has raged for more than two years, police said.

In one attack, two teenagers in Islamic students’ dress and riding a motorcycle, shot and killed three Buddhists in Yala, the capital of a province of the same name.

“The militants exploited the fact that the men were shopping at a grocery store and could not defend themselves, even though they had a gun,” police Colonel Somsak Wannawak said.

Earlier a militant shot dead a Buddhist man in Pattani province while he was riding a bus, police said.