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Six arrested in Thailand bus ambush

March 17, 2007|From the Associated Press

BANGKOK, THAILAND — Six youths have been detained in connection with this week's massacre of eight Buddhist civilians in Thailand's far south, the army said Friday.

The suspects, arrested Thursday night, live in Yala province's Yaha district, where the killings occurred, army spokesman Col. Akara Thiprot said.

The eight victims, who were in a commuter van ambushed Wednesday, were shot execution-style.

The incident was followed that evening by a bombing at a mosque and a grenade attack on a tea shop that killed two Muslims.

"The suspects are all young people and children of residents in the area," Akara said. He said they were under investigation and would be released in seven days if there was insufficient evidence to press charges.

Thailand's military imposed a curfew Thursday in Yaha and the neighboring Bannang Sata district.

The army spokesman said it was the first time the military had imposed a curfew in the region since 2004, when a resurgent Muslim separatist movement began an offensive that has resulted in more than 2,000 deaths.

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