Thai soldiers raid Muslim school

Scores of students and teachers held in southern province after attack on official.

    A state of emergency was declared in Thailand's southern Muslim states in January 2004 [AFP]

    "We will release those who are not involved. We just wanted to question them about recent activities at the school and in the area," Chamlong said.

    "No one was injured in the raid that was carried out by more than 200 police and soldiers."

    The military can search and detain suspects for interrogation for 30 days without charge under a state of emergency that has been in place in the region since July 2005.

    More than 3,700 people have been killed in Thailand's three southernmost provinces since a separatist movement began in January 2004.

    The provinces - Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala - are the only Muslim-majority areas in the mainly Buddhist country.

    Muslims in the area have long complained of discrimination by the central government.

    The region used to be an Islamic sultanate until it was annexed by Thailand in the early 20th century.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How being rejected by my father a second time helped me heal

    How being rejected by my father a second time helped me heal

    He told me horror stories about my biological mother, told me he wanted to do better and then stopped speaking to me.

    'It ruined my life': School closures in Kenya lead to rise in FGM

    'It ruined my life': School closures in Kenya lead to rise in FGM

    With classrooms closed to curb coronavirus, girls are more at risk of FGM, teenage pregnancy and child marriage.

    'It takes a village to kill a child': Uganda's hidden children

    'It takes a village to kill a child': Uganda's hidden children

    Faced with stigma and abuse, many children with disabilities are hidden indoors, with few options for specialised care.