Insurgents Kill 7 in Thailand's Restive South

Suspected Muslim insurgents have killed seven people and injured 10 more in Thailand's violence-plagued south, police said on Monday.

Police Col. Kwandee Chimplee said assailants opened fire at a security checkpoint on Sunday night in Narathiwat city, then set off homemade bombs near two grocery stores in the same area.

Kwandee said Monday the dead included two civilian defense volunteers and two civilians, along with a soldier, his wife and son.

He added that authorities believe the same group of militants was responsible for all three attacks.

Narathiwat is one of Thailand's three Muslim-dominated southernmost provinces. Nearly 5,000 people have been killed since an Islamist insurgency erupted in the region in 2004.

Source: Agence France Presse, Associated Press

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