Sunday, October 16, 2005
In Thailand's troubled southern province of Pattani, a Buddhist monk was among three killed by insurgents attacking a temple.
Around ten suspected muslim militants took part in the fifteen minute long attack in the early hours of Sunday morning, leaving the 76-year-old monk, Kaew Panjapetchkaew, with his throat cut. They then proceeded to use gasoline to set fire to part of the temple. Upon putting out the fire, police investigators found the bodies of two teenage boys who had been helping at the temple. Both had died from gunshot wounds.
In an effort to conceal the attack, the insurgents had let off fireworks earlier thus distracting nearby villagers and police.
== Sources ==
"Monk, temple boys killed in Pattani" — Bangkok Post, October 16, 2005Reuters. "Monk, teenagers killed in Thai Muslim south" — Reuters, October 16, 2005Agence France-Presse. "Two teenagers, monk killed in southern Thailand" — The Nation (Thailand), October 16, 2005