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Thais across the country turned out in force to celebrate HM the King's birthday on Wednesday; the unrest in the far South takes a turn for the worse with two teachers killed and one seriously wounded in a matter of two weeks; and a three-day blackout in Koh Samui and Koh Phangan drove most tourists away before electricity supplies were resurrected on Friday morning. 

The murder of a female Buddhist teacher in Narathiwat on Monday and the wounding of another Buddhist teacher in the same province the following day once again highlighted the deadly threat confronted by teachers who have chosen to pursue a career in the three southernmost provinces.

Chatsuda Nilsuwan, 32, who taught at Ban Tangoe school in Cho Airong district of Narathiwat was shot dead as she was riding her motorcycle back home from the school. She became the 155th educator killed in the nearly nine years since the insurgency movement re-emerged in the far South.

Her violent death prompted 17 schools in the district to close down for the safety of the teachers. They are due to reopen next Tuesday.

One day later, in Sungai Padi district, insurgents shot and seriously wounded Thirapol Chusongsaeng, 52, a teacher at Ban Bor Kor school who also on his way home from school, riding a motorcycle, when attacked.

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