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Two Buddhist Teachers Killed in Southern Thailand

Authorities in Thailand say suspected insurgents have killed two Buddhist teachers in the restive south.

Officials say the two teachers were ambushed in their pickup truck today (Friday), around 300 meters from the school where they taught in Yala province. Authorities say the suspected insurgents fatally shot the teachers, then burned their bodies. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Yala is one of three mainly-Muslim provinces in southern Thailand where an insurgency has left more than 18-hundred people dead in the past three years. Thai authorities recently closed all public schools in the region following arson attacks and other violence against teachers.

Thailand's military-installed government, which took power in a peaceful coup in September, has vowed to bring peace to the region. But separatist violence erupts almost daily.

The region was an independent sultanate until Buddhist-dominated Thailand annexed it a century ago.