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Masked gunmen shot and killed five men in a cockfighting pen in Thailand’s Deep South province of Yala on Monday, while another was shot dead in another part of the insurgency-wracked region, officials said.

Also on Monday, police announced that an Islamic leader who was shot three days ago was pronounced dead and officers filed arrest warrants for eight suspects in the killing of four members of a family who were gunned down while panning for gold in another Muslim-majority province.

“According to initial investigation, four unknown assailants wearing black balaclavas sprayed bullets at the victims while they were talking at the premises where there was a cockfighting pen,” police Capt. Sulklifeh Rasoh told reporters.

He said the gunmen fled on two motorcycles.

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Four villagers were shot dead in the country’s south in another case of violence in the insurgency-wracked region, police said.

Police Maj. Gen. Manas Siksamat, police chief of Narathiwat province, said the killings happened Thursday while the victims were gold panning at a river running through a rubber plantation.

He said the victims, all male, were discovered Thursday night and their bodies were riddled with bullet wounds.

Thailand’s three southernmost provinces of Narathiwat, Yala and Pattani have been plagued by a Muslim separatist insurgency that has claimed the lives of more than 6,500 people since the violence escalated in 2004.

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Multiple bomb attacks by suspected separatist insurgents injured at least three people in Thailand’s far south on Sunday (May 20), the military said.

A decades-old separatist insurgency in predominantly Buddhist Thailand’s largely ethnic Malay, Muslim provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat has claimed the lives of nearly 7,000 people since 2004, according to the Deep South Watch group, which monitors the violence.

Successive governments have held talks with rebel groups aimed at bringing peace but the discussions have largely stalled, including under the current, military government.

In Sunday’s attacks, explosives were placed near ATM machines and bank branches in at least 14 locations across four southern provinces, including Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat, as well as Songkhla province, the military said.

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As reported by Muhammad Rusdy SH. a news reporter of Thai News Agency, Southern bureau of Channel 9 MCOT.

The official announcement of the unification of PULO (Patani United Liberation Organisation).

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Three explosions rocked Su-ngai Kolok district of Narathiwat almost simultaneously today (Monday) injuring at least three people.

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The first bomb was a motorcycle rigged with explosives went off in front of Wat Tha Iad in municipal area. It was followed with two more bomb explosions – one behind the Plaza hotel in which three passers-by were slightly injured and another in SoiRaman.

Security sources said that the triple bomb blasts were intended to cause panic in order to disrupt the upcoming Songkran festival rather than to kill or to maim because of choice of the sites of the blasts which were sparsely populated.

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Source: Thai PBS

Sirikan Charoensiri, co-founder of the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), and nine others from around the world received the 2018 International Women of Courage Award during a ceremony at the State Department attended by U.S. first lady Melania Trump.

“TLHR has represented hundreds of clients since the military coup, often as the only alternative for those facing politically-motivated charges,” according to a statement from the State Department. “Because of the political sensitivity of the organization’s work, TLHR lawyers and staffers … have been subjected regularly to harassment, intimidation and criminal charges.”

Before the ceremony, Sirikan, 31, spoke to BenarNews about her experience of co-founding TLHR in 2014, immediately after Gen. Prayuth Chan-o-cha led a coup that deposed Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

“We were set up as an immediate response to the imposition of martial law because some of us had been working in the Deep South of Thailand and we know that human rights lawyers need to step out,” she said, referring to her country’s heavily militarized and insurgency-wracked southern border region.

“We knew that this was not going to be a temporary mission and we knew that providing legal aid is not enough,” she said. “We needed to have strong documentation to use for advocacy for human rights and democracy in Thailand, so we set up a team to monitor and document human rights violations.

“We do not just defend civilians; we defend the whole system, we defend the rule-of-law system, so it will not be destroyed.”

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Violence continues in the conflict-torn south Thailand. But people are wondering what’s happening with the so-called peace process between the warring Thai army and the Patani militants.

Two defence volunteers were injured when a bomb exploded in Panare district on Monday morning.

Thawatchai Thongnoi suffered from ringing ears and chest pain while Thammasorn Puichumpol sustained shrapnel wounds. They were sent to Panare Hospital for treatment.

The bomb went off near a new guard post the defence volunteers were building at Moo 4 in tambon Bannok. The scene was cordoned off as bomb disposal experts moved in to clear the area.

Police said militant separatists had recently distributed leaflets in the area threatening death to defence volunteers.

Source: Bangkok Post