More than 200 villagers in southern Thailand took two teachers hostage at their school Friday, demanding the release of suspected Muslim insurgents arrested earlier in the day, police said.
The villagers, who surrounded the government primary school in Kujing Ruepa village in Narathiwat province's Rangae district, took two Buddhist female teachers captive, said police Col. Manote Anandtaritkul. The area's residents are mostly Muslims.
Another police officer, Lt. Col. Wichien Yantarat, said the mob was demanding the release of two people arrested earlier in the day on suspicion of killing police officers, reports the AP.
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