Thai leader calls for 'restraint'

June 13, 2009 at 10:39 PM
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BANGKOK, June 13 (UPI) -- Violence persisted Saturday in the Muslim-majority south of Thailand as Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban met local leaders and asked for "restraint."

At least two people died Saturday in attacks apparently aimed at Buddhists, the Bangkok Post reported.

The wife of a village leader in Narathiwat province was shot dead as she went to market, while a bomb placed by two teenagers in a village shop in the same province left several people injured. In Yala Province, a grenade thrown at a local bus killed an elderly woman and left a teenage girl with serious injuries and 14 other passengers with minor ones.

A 60-year-old Buddhist monk was shot dead Friday.

Suthep visited the village in Narathiwat where 10 people died and 12 were hurt Monday in an attack on a mosque. During meetings with officials, Suthep said the government expects it will take three years to curb the insurgency but he did not go into details on plans.

"I ask for your restraint and tolerance," he said. "We must get through this together."

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