Eleven people including civilians, a soldier and a militant were shot dead in Thailand's Muslim-majority south as violence intensified in the holy month of Ramadan, police said Thursday. The spate of attacks on Wednesday was one of the bloodiest for months in Thailand's insurgency-hit provinces bordering Malaysia, where a bloody separatist rebellion has been raging for more than five years. Gunmen shot dead a soldier as he rode his motorcycle in restive Narathiwat province on Wednesday night, while a deputy village chief was gunned down and killed in a teashop in the same province hours later, said police. A Muslim man was shot dead and his wife seriously injured as they returned from a religious school in Narathiwat, they said. In neighbouring Pattani province, gunmen killed a Muslim religious teacher and his 13-year-old son after following them through the provincial capital late Wednesday, police said. Gunmen earlier shot dead a Muslim candidate for the local administration as he returned from prayers at a mosque in Pattani, and in separate attacks they shot dead three other Muslim men in the same province. Meanwhile attackers raided a house in Yala province and shot dead another Muslim man as he broke his fast for Ramadan on Wednesday evening, police said. Security forces also shot dead a wanted Muslim militant in a clash in Yala early Wednesday. Almost 3,900 people have been killed and thousands more injured since the insurgency erupted in early 2004, led by shadowy insurgents who have never publicly stated their goals.