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UPDATED: 18:01, April 06, 2007
Suspected insurgents burn school in Thai south burned
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Insurgent violence continued in Thailand's deep southern region, as a school in the southern province of Pattani was burned by suspected insurgents early Friday, police said.

The latest incident occurred at 5:45 a.m. (2245 GMT) when a school in a village of Panare district, Pattani was torched by suspected insurgents, Thai News Agency on Friday quoted by police as saying.

Three fire-fighting trucks were dispatched to the two-story school but firefighters were unable to contain the blaze which eventually destroyed classrooms, a library and educational supplies. No casualties were reported.

Police said unidentified visitors set the fire after the school 's security guards left the school to perform religious rites.

Violence has plagued Thailand's three southernmost provinces -- Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat on an almost daily basis following a raid on an army base and munitions depot in Narathiwat in January 2004.

The Thai military has decided to dispatch more paramilitary rangers to the predominantly-Muslim region to help suppress the insurgency.

Source: Xinhua

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