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Shooting at Thai mosque kills 10, police say

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  • Worshippers were holding evening prayers when the shooting took place
  • The region has faced increasing violence stemming from Islamic separatists
  • Another 12 people were wounded, according to local chief of police
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(CNN) -- Gunmen believed to be linked to an Islamic militant group opened fire Monday in a mosque in Thailand, killing 10 people, a police official said.

Another 12 people were wounded, according to Peerapol Na Pattalung, chief of Joh I-Rong police station in Narathiwat province, southern Thailand. The wounded were sent to hospital.

Worshippers were holding evening prayers at Unpurakorn Mosque when the shooting took place about 7:50 p.m. (8:50 a.m. ET), the police chief said.

The region has faced increasing violence stemming from the activities of Islamic separatists.

CNN's Kocha Olarn in Bangkok contributed to this report

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