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Villager shot dead in S Thailand

2009-09-05 07:23:42 GMT2009-09-05 15:23:42 (Beijing Time)  xinhuanet

BANGKOK, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- A man was killed and his wife injured in a drive-by shooting in Thailand's southern border province of Yala Saturday morning, Thai media reported.

The couple were riding their motorcycle to their rubber plantation in the province's Betong district when two insurgents on a motorcycle caught up and opened fire at them, The Nation's website quoted police sources as saying.

Mahadee Arwae, 38, died at the scene. His wife was injured.

Thailand's deep South, which includes mainly the three southernmost provinces Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat as well as some parts of Songkla province, has undergone violence by suspected separatists for years, during which more than 3,000 people have been killed since 2004.

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