Violent insurgency

 

On Saturday, Thai police said a Buddhist and a teenage Muslim rebel were shot dead in recent violence.

 

Thai security forces shot dead a 15-year-old boy early Saturday in Yala province after he opened fire on a security outpost, police said.

 

In neighbouring Pattani province, a 53-year-old Buddhist was gunned down by suspected Islamic fighters while he was riding a motorcycle late Friday.

 

More than 2,000 people have died in violence related to an Islamic separatist insurgency that began in the majority Muslim provinces in January 2004.