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Three men killed in Thailand's restive south

NARATHIWAT, Thailand, Friday (AFP) - Two men were shot dead by suspected Islamic militants while a third man was killed in a separate bomb blast in Thailand's Muslim-majority restive south, police said Friday.

Supasilp Woh, a 22-year-old Muslim villager, was gunned down late Thursday in the southern province of Narathiwat, police said.

In neighboring Pattani province, 62-year-old fish trader Parn Priklek was killed after being shot three times at a market late Thursday.

Meanwhile, early Friday an unidentified man was killed in a bomb blast at a mobile phone mast in Narathiwat, police said.

Some 200 militants set dozens of phone antennae towers ablaze overnight in Thailand's Muslim-majority south, in attacks officials said could be reprisals for government restrictions on cell phones in the region.

The government in November required phone users in the south to register their lines so that authorities could try to track phones that militants adapt to use as triggers to detonate bombs in the region.

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