Six killed in Thai south days after rebel demands rejected

May 2, 2013 08:33


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BANGKOK - Suspected Muslim insurgents shot dead six people, including a three-year-old boy, in a convenience store in southern Thailand, police said, just two days after peace talks in Malaysia aimed at ending the violence ended in deadlock.

The attack took place on Wednesday when four gunmen on motorcycles pulled up at the store in Pattani province, just 500 meters from a military checkpoint. Five of the victims were Buddhists and one Muslim.

"The attackers sprayed the shop with bullets before going in to finish off their victims. They left a note saying 'revenge for the innocent' before fleeing the scene," a police officer in Pattani told Reuters, asking not to be identified.

Prime Minister Yingluck called an emergency meeting with security agencies to discuss the violence.

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