|Saturday, 13 November 2004|
Teacher killed in Thai south unrest
BANGKOK, Friday (Reuters) Motorcycle-borne gunmen shot and killed a martial arts teacher in Thailand's restive Muslim south on Friday, the latest Buddhist killed in apparent revenge for the deaths of 85 Muslims, police said.
Hiran Kongcharoen, a 45-year-old kick-boxing teacher at a school in Yala province, was shot in the head and knee as he was returning home from a funeral in the neighbouring province of Pattani and died in hospital, they said.
"I've asked his wife and she insisted that he did not have any conflict with anyone," an investigator told Reuters. "We now suspect the killing was motivated by the recent violence."
He was referring to the seven people shot dead by security forces during a rally at Tak Bai police station in the nearby province of Narathiwat and 78 protesters who died after being detained, most from suffocation in crammed army trucks.
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