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    SOUTHERN THAI MUSLIMS GRIEVE, ARMY HUNTS MILITANTS Vorasit Satienlerk, Reuters, 4/30/04 http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?
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      SOUTHERN THAI MUSLIMS GRIEVE, ARMY HUNTS MILITANTS
      Vorasit Satienlerk, Reuters, 4/30/04
      http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?
      type=worldNews&storyID=5002680

      PATTANI, Thailand - Saddened and angry, Muslims attended Friday
      prayers across restive southern Thailand as troops stepped up the
      hunt for what officials said could be thousands of Islamic
      separatists.

      Thailand is reeling from Wednesday's unprecedented violence in its
      three southern, Muslim-majority provinces, where troops and police
      shot dead 108 gun- and machete-wielding Islamic militants after
      coming under attack in a series of dawn raids.

      "The people are upset and angry," said Yosoff Samail, 60, head cleric
      at the central mosque in the provincial town of Pattani, where troops
      with rocket-propelled grenades and teargas stormed another mosque and
      killed more than 30 insurgents inside.

      "They want to know why the army killed those in the mosque. Why did
      they use heavy weapons? Why didn't they ask the chief Islamic leader
      what to do?" he said after prayers attended by more than 1,000
      faithful, many spilling onto the streets.

      Across the border in Muslim-majority Malaysia, where sympathy is
      strong for Malay-speaking Thai Muslims, opposition politicians
      branded the mosque shootout the "massacre of Pattani."

      "This is an oppression, a massacre against Muslims," said Sallehuddin
      Ayob, youth chief of the Parti Islam se-Malaysia (PAS), adding that
      no one had proved the dead were terrorists...

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      THAI REBELS AT MOSQUE KNEW THEIR FATE, WITNESSES SAY;
      Richard C. Paddock, Los Angeles Times, 4/30/04
      http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-
      thailand30apr30,1,1085668.story

      PATTANI, Thailand - The smell of blood hung over the Krue Se mosque
      Thursday. Its historic brick walls were marred by hundreds of bullet
      holes. Its marble floors were gouged where rocket-propelled grenades
      exploded. A torn, bloodstained Koran lay salvaged in the courtyard.

      Here, 32 Muslim rebels chose to die Wednesday in a hail of lead and
      shrapnel rather than surrender to police. A day later, thousands came
      to view the gruesome scene. To many, the dead were heroes.

      "If they wanted to escape, they could have easily," said Anek
      Wannailao, a regular worshiper at the mosque. "But they wanted to
      come here and create history."

      The men were among 108 Islamic militants who died after attacking a
      dozen police stations and checkpoints in southern Thailand in an
      attempt to steal firearms. Many of the rebels were armed only with
      machetes. Five police officers and soldiers also died.

      The security forces, which had been alerted in advance to the planned
      simultaneous dawn assaults, gunned down many of the rebels as they
      attacked. Facing certain defeat, the 32 fighters retreated to the
      16th century mosque, one of the holiest Islamic sites in Thailand.

      Shooing others out of the building, the rebels took over the
      loudspeaker used for the call to prayer and urged fellow Muslims to
      join them in devoting their lives to God, witnesses said...

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