Shops close in Pattani and Narathiwat as vendors come under threat

Thai soldiers confront with protesting Thai-Muslim villagers, top, during a protest outside Ingkhayuth military base in Pattani province, southern Thailand

Thai soldiers confront with protesting Thai-Muslim villagers, top, during a protest outside Ingkhayuth military base in Pattani province, southern Thailand Tuesday, May 8, 2007. Hundreds of villagers took part in the protest demanding Thai soldiers to release 24 suspected Muslim militants who are being kept at this base. Since a Muslim rebellion flared in Thailand's three southernmost provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat in early 2004, near-daily bombings, drive-by shootings and other attacks have killed more than 2,000 people. (AP Photo/Sumeth Parnpetch)




Many shops in Pattani and Narathiwat closed on Friday following threats of violence if they chose to operate their business on Friday.

Leaflets were reportedly been distributed in the provinces, citing muslim teachings not to do business on the day. Local residents were threatened with violence if they did not abide by the warning.

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