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Teacher shot in violence-plagued Thai deep south
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2006-09-08 12:53
A religious teacher was injured and hospitalized on Thursday after being attacked by suspected insurgents in a drive-by shooting in the southernmost province of Yala.

Ustad (Islamic religious teacher) Mahama Wamae of Thammawitthaya Foundation School was shot three times in the back on his way to school by a gunman passenger on a motorcycle. He was sent to hospital for treatment. His condition not yet disclosed.

Police said the attackers are still at large.

Security has intensified in the three troubled southern border provinces -- Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat since 22 banks in Yala were hit by bombs in coordinated attacks at the end of last month to mark the 27th anniversary of the founding of separatist movement "Bersatu -- the United Front for the Independence of Pattani, killing one person and injured another 24.

Police believed the bombings were related to the on-going insurgency in the deep South, which has claimed over 1,300 lives, mostly by drive-by shootings and roadside bombings, since it erupted early 2004.

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