Suspected separatists kill three in Thai south

PATTANI - Suspected Muslim

separatists shot dead three Muslim men in Thailand's restive
deep south on Tuesday, police said, the latest violence in the
region bordering Malaysia.

The victims were sitting outside a car repair shop in

Pattani province when a group of insurgents drove by in a car
and opened fire on them, said Police Colonel Wasupol Baree.

"One of the men was a deputy village chief in charge of

public safety in the area," he said. "We believe that was why
he was targeted."