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THAILAND

Four Muslims killed in rebellious southern region

YALA — Four Muslims were fatally shot in three attacks in Thailand’s rebellious deep south on Thursday. They were the latest killings in a region plagued by seven years of separatist violence.

A former Islamic schoolteacher was killed in his home before dawn in Pattani, police said. About two hours later in the same province, a man and his wife were gunned down as they rode on a motorcycle.

In neighboring Yala, the body of another Muslim man was found by the side of the road with two gunshot wounds to his head, police said.

Muslims form the majority of the population in Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat provinces bordering Malaysia. Thailand is a predominantly Buddhist country.