Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Thailand: At least 11 dead in mosque carnage

Officials in southern Thailand say gunmen opened fire inside a mosque during evening prayers, killing at least 11 people and wounding at least 12 others.

Police initially said five men carrying assault rifles on Monday evening sprayed the worshippers with bullets.

But a military official later said there were only two attackers.

One of the dead was the imam of the mosque in Narathiwat province.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Army spokesman Colonel Parinya Chaidilok said the attackers appeared to be trying to make it look as though Thai security forces were responsible. He said it was impossible that the military was involved.

Published by Mike Hitchen, Mike Hitchen Consulting
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