Hat Yai (Thailand): Four people, including a Buddhist monk and a boy, were killed and six others were injured in an attack in Thailand’s violence-plagued south today, police said.

Police Colonel Sathit Polpinit said that four gunmen opened fire at a group of villagers giving alms to a Buddhist monk in Mae Lan district in Pattani province.

He said a 68-year-old monk, one woman and her 13-year-old son, and another woman were killed in the attack.

Sathit said six others, including a police officer in a squad protecting the monk, were wounded.

Police said they were looking for the gunmen who fled on two motorcycles.

It is the second time in three weeks a Buddhist monk has been shot dead by suspected insurgents.

More than 5,000 people have been killed in Thailand’s Muslim-dominated southern border provinces since an Islamic insurgency erupted in 2004.

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