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UPDATED: 19:09, June 28, 2007
Two soldiers injured, two youths found dead in Thailand's restive south
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Two soldiers were severely injured when suspected insurgents detonated a bomb Thursday in Thailand's far southern province of Pattani.

The explosion occurred at 11 a.m. (0400 GMT) on the Pattani- Yala Road in Pattani's Yarang district, according to a report by Bangkok-based news network The Nation.

Police said five soldiers were patrolling the road on foot when the bomb exploded, severely injuring two of them.

The location was near the spot where a previous bomb attack on April 11 killed four soldiers, the report said.

While in Yala on Thursday, police found the bodies of two male teenagers believed to have been killed by insurgents.

The two Muslim youths, aging 16 and 20, were found dead next to their motorcycle in Yala's Yaha district. They were shot in the heads.

Meanwhile in Pattani, visiting Secretary General of the Muslim World League (MWL), Dr. Abdullah bin Abdul Mohsin Al-Turki in a speech called on the local Islamic community in Thailand's three Muslim-majority southernmost provinces -- Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat -- not to be involved in any form of violence.

On visiting the Yala Islamic University, Pattani campus, Dr. Abdullah delivered a speech on "Muslim duties in a multicultural society" to a local Muslim audience, advising them to maintain a balance between observing Muslim values, keeping their Muslim identity and living within multicultural societies, as in Thailand, with understanding, according to Thai News Agency.

The MWL Secretary General arrived in Thailand Monday as an official guest of the Thai government.

Despite calling for peace from international Islamic groups, violent attacks continue to take place on a daily basis in the three southern provinces, and have claimed over 2,300 lives since the latest wave of insurgent violence re-emerged in the region in January 2004, when militants raided an army depot and stole weapons.

Source: Xinhua

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