Suspected militants kill 4 soldiers in Thai south

June 17, 2011 09:25

PATTANI - Suspected Muslim militants killed four soldiers in an ambush at a crowded market in southern Pattani province before escaping on a pick-up truck with M-16 rifles seized from the victims, police said on Friday.

Police said the gunmen tracked the soldiers and shot them with pistols at point-blank range while they were on foot patrol late on Thursday, providing security at the market.

A Muslim woman was wounded in the leg by a stray bullet.

Ethnic Malay Muslims represent the majority of the population in Pattani and nearby Yala and Narathiwat, the southernmost provinces of predominantly Buddhist Thailand.

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