Five shot dead in Thailand's Deep South
The scene of the shooting in Yala province
The scene of the shooting in Yala province AFP/TUWAEDANIYA MERINGING
11 Jun 2018 05:30PM
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BANGKOK, June 12 (NNN-AGENCIES) Five men were shot dead early Monday in Thailand's Muslim-majority south, police said, as violence in the troubled region surges towards the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
The bodies, with bullet wounds to the head, were found outside a house in Bannang Sata district of Yala province.
"We believe the shooting was a result of a dispute over underground business," Lieutenant Colonel Akepong Waedang said.
Akepong said two of the victims lived in the property while the other three were neighbours.
A shadowy conflict in the country's southern provinces has killed some 7,000 people since 2004 as militants seek more autonomy from Bangkok in the culturally distinct region.
Civilians have borne the brunt of the violence over the years.
But the ethnically Malay region is also a transit point for illicit trade and provides a hideout for both rebels and crime gangs in an area awash with weapon
Source: NAM News Network