Friday, June 19, 2009

Muslim rebels kill 115 teachers

Bangkok – Muslim insurgents in southern Thailand must stop the "sickening trend" of attacking teachers, 115 of whom have been killed since the outbreak of the separatist rebellion five years ago, a human rights organization said Friday.

As part of a general recent escalation of violence, five teachers have been killed since the beginning of the new school term in May, the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch said in a statement.


The insurgents are generally believed to be fighting to carve out an independent Muslim state in the three southern provinces. While many there do not support the rebels, there is widespread distrust among Muslims of the predominantly Buddhist Thai authorities.