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Thai PM: Intensified Insurgent Violence Likely


Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra says he expects Muslim insurgents to intensify violence in the country's strife-torn, Muslim-dominated south.

Mr. Thaksin told reporters Friday that he believes the insurgents will try to provoke government forces and win foreign support for their cause.

He also said he may cancel plans to attend this month's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Chile if the situation in southern Thailand worsens.

At least 10 people have died this week in a wave of attacks that has occurred since about 80 Muslim protesters died during a confrontation with security forces.

Meanwhile, Thai authorities say suspected Muslim insurgents have killed a soldier guarding a Buddhist temple in southern Narathiwat province.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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