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Two dead, child loses leg in Thai south

September 9, 2012
NARATHIWAT, (Thailand): Unknown gunmen killed a Muslim man and a teenager in Thailand’s volatile south yesterday, as a separate incident saw a young boy lose a leg after he triggered a roadside bomb, police said.

The shooting victims, aged 27 and 17, were found with their hands tied behind their backs and gunshot wounds to their heads in Narathiwat – one of three provinces in the Thai south where thousands have died in eight years of unrest.

Police said investigations into the deaths would consider a potential drug-related conflict as well as the insurgency.

Also on Sunday morning in the same province, a nine-year-old Muslim boy accidentally stepped on a bomb planted at the side of the road as he walked home from a grocery shop with two friends.

The explosion tore off the child’s left leg and left the other boys, both also aged nine, with minor injuries.

A complex insurgency, without clearly stated aims, has plagued Thailand’s far south near the border with Malaysia since 2004, claiming thousands of lives, both Buddhist and Muslim, with near-daily bomb or gun attacks.



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