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Thai Insurgents Kill 5 in Muslim South


Thai police say at least five people have been killed in the latest attacks blamed on Muslim insurgents in southern Thailand.

In one incident, police say about 20 attackers stormed a monastery in Pattani province and killed a Buddhist monk and two teenage boys.

Police said the temple was then set on fire and the bodies burned.

At least two other people were killed in a separate incident.

Since 2004, nearly 1,000 people have been killed in Thailand's Muslim-majority southern provinces bordering Malaysia.

Analysts and authorities blame Islamic separatists, organized criminals and local corruption for the almost daily shootings, bombings and arson attacks.

Thailand is mainly Buddhist, and many people in the south believe Bangkok discriminates against them because they are Muslim.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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