Ni mennesker, hvorav fire kvinner og to barn, ble drept av den muslimske separatistgeriljaen i Sør-Thailand onsdag. De ni kjørte i en minbuss da de ble stanset av en veisperring. Bare sjåføren, en muslim, ble spart. De andre ble skutt på kloss hold.

Nine people, including four women and two children, were shot through the head today in one of the most shocking attacks so far in Thailand’s worsening Islamic insurgency.

Suspected insurgents bombed the van as it slowed into a curve in the road, which they also had blocked with a large tree trunk, said police Lt. Kitti Mankhong, a duty officer in the Yaha district of Yala province, where the attack occurred.

Armed with assault rifles, the attackers first shot at the driver and then opened the side door of the van and fired at each of the passengers, he said. The driver, who was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the face, was the only survivor from the morning attack.

«Everyone was shot in the head at close range, execution style,» Kitti said.

The van was shuttling people from the Betong district of Yala province to Hat Yai, the south’s major city, in the neighboring province of Songkhla. All of the passengers were identified as Buddhists and the driver was Muslim.

On average, somebody is murdered most days in southern Thailand. In the past week alone, a Burmese migrant worker has been beheaded, schools have been burnt down and a bomb has exploded at a morning market. But even by such dismal standards today’s attack was rare in its scale and cold-blooded brutality.

9 dead in Thailand passenger van attack

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