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Thailand's Muslims mourn death of spiritual leader

Sapae-ing Basor had been associated with rebel separatists in southern region

More than 2,000 local residents and students in Yala province, Thailand, bid farewell to Sapae-ing Basor, 81, the former principle of Thamvithya Mulnithi School in Yala on Jan. 16. (Photo by Ibrohem Masoh)

YALA, Thailand -- Muslims in Thailand's southernmost provinces are bidding farewell to a prominent spiritual leader accused by Thai police of leading a separatist movement intent on carving out a homeland for ethnic Malays in the region.

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