BANGKOK (Reuters) – Suspected militants raided a car dealership in southern Thailand and turned two of the cars into bombs, police said on Thursday, adding that a “new generation” of Muslim separatists was operating in the insurgency-plagued region.
A group of men raided the dealership in Songkhla province near the border with Malaysia on Wednesday and made off with a car which exploded on a rural road in neighboring Pattani province, prompting an exchange of gunfire, police said.
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A second car bomb exploded on Thursday, damaging property.
A car dealership employee who was held hostage was shot dead by the suspects, police said. One of the suspects was also killed in the violence.
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A decades-old insurgency in the Muslim-majority southern provinces of mostly Buddhist Thailand has claimed more than 6,600 lives since escalated in 2004.
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