March 17, 2008
49 people reported killed in fighting in Sri Lanka over the weekend. This is a vicious, tremendously violent conflict: the government claims it's killed 2,152 rebels since the start of 2008.
A bomb and a drive-by shooting in Thailand's insurgency-plagued south killed two people and wounded six, mostly children playing near their homes, police said Monday.
The bomb — hidden in a parked motorcycle — exploded in front of a house under construction in Yala, one of three southern provinces where a Muslim insurgency has flared since 2004, said police Lt. Sarawut Mahachai.
One 6-year-old boy and two 7-year-old girls were severely wounded, Sarawut said, adding that the children were all Muslim.
Two other children and a soldier patrolling the area were slightly wounded by the bomb, triggered by a mobile phone, he said.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack and the motive was unclear, but authorities said they suspected Muslim insurgents.