Thai Insurgents Launch Attacks In South, Killing 2

BANGKOK -- Police say Islamic insurgents shot dead a villager and then detonated a car bomb as a crowd gathered, killing one and wounding 19 in Thailand's restive south.

Police Maj. Col. Manop Wiwatthanaviroj said insurgents shot a resident patrolling a village Sunday in the Yi-ngo district of Narathiwat, one of three mostly Muslim provinces near the Malaysian border.

A few minutes later, a car bomb went off in the same area, killing one villager and wounding 19 others, including a local government official.

An Islamic insurgency launched in 2004 has claimed more than 3,400 lives in southern Thailand.

The insurgents target Buddhists as well as Muslims whom they believe have collaborated with the Thai government.

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