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Violence in Thailand's South Kills at Least Five

At least five people have been shot and killed in Thailand's insurgency-torn south.

Police officials said suspected Muslim insurgents today (Monday) shot to death three rubber plantation workers and wounded another. The attack occurred in Sabayoi, near the border of Songkhal and Pattani provinces.

Two people were killed in the southern Pattani and Yala provinces in separate drive-by shootings.

In Narathiwat province, two military patrols were attacked with roadside bombs. One soldier was injured as his squad provided security for school teachers.

An insurgency in Thailand's southern provinces has killed some 16-hundred people since January 2004.

The Muslim-majority region was an independent sultanate annexed by mainly Buddhist Thailand in 1902. Separatist violence has erupted periodically ever since.