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Five Villagers Killed in Restive Southern Thailand

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Violence continues in southern Thailand today. Suspected insurgents shoot dead five villagers and wounded three in a series of attacks. Thousands have been killed in the conflict in recent years.

On Wednesday five villagers were shot dead in southern Thailand. It's the latest in a series of deadly attacks blamed on separatist rebels in the region bordering Malaysia.

According to police, more than five gunmen emerged from a pickup truck and opened fire on villagers and fruit sellers in Pattani.

More than four thousand people have been killed in over six years as ethnic Malay Muslims fight for autonomy.

Muslims have long complained of discrimination by the central government and abuse by local security forces.

A combined police and military security force of around sixty thousand have failed to make any inroads in quelling the unrest in the rubber-producing region

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