Suspected separatists kill three in Thai south

PATTANI - Suspected Muslimseparatists shot dead three Muslim men in Thailand's restivedeep south on Tuesday, police said, the latest violence in theregion bordering Malaysia.

The victims were sitting outside a car repair shop inPattani province when a group of insurgents drove by in a carand opened fire on them, said Police Colonel Wasupol Baree.

"One of the men was a deputy village chief in charge ofpublic safety in the area," he said. "We believe that was whyhe was targeted."

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