11 Dead in Mosque Shooting in Thailand's Volatile South

By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2009 1:48 PM CDT
Thai police officers examine a car that exploded after insurgents detonated a bomb hidden inside, Nov. 4, 2008 in Narathiwat province, Thailand. Suspected militants struck again today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Gunmen killed 11 people and injured 12 in a southern Thailand mosque today, AFP reports. Officials said between two and five armed men entered the mosque and fired “indiscriminately.” It’s the latest incident in a 5-year guerrilla war that has killed 3,700 in Narathiwat province. The gunmen were likely rebels trying to pass themselves off as soldiers in an effort to stir up anger, one official says.