Members of Thai special police unit carry their weapons as they ride motorcycles during an exercise in Yala province, about 1,084 km (674 miles) south
of Bangkok August 26, 2010.
The troubled rubber-rich provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat were part of a Muslim sultanate annexed a century ago by the predominantly Buddhist
Thailand. About 80 percent of the people in the region are Muslim and speak a Malay dialect. More than 4,100 people have been killed in six years of
unrest blamed on separatist insurgents in the region bordering Malaysia.