Thai police officers inspect the area where a small bomb exploded in Bangkok on August 2; BRN denies involvement in the bombings Rungroj Yongrit/EPA]

The main group fighting an armed rebellion in Thailand‘s largely-Muslim south said it had held its first meeting with officials from the new Thai government and had set out demands as a condition for any formal peace talks.

The armed rebellion in the Malay-speaking region of the predominantly Buddhist country has killed some 7,000 people over the past 15 years and has flared on and off for decades.

Officials of the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) said they met a Thai delegation at a location in Southeast Asia on Friday and demanded the release of all people held over suspected

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