JUST IN: 15 Killed As Insurgents Attack Checkpoint In Thailand
Emerging report indicates that suspected separatist insurgents killed at least 15 and wounded four village defense volunteers in a late-night shooting at a security checkpoint in Thailand's Muslim-majority south, security officials said Tuesday.
YANS gathered that the attackers in southern Yala province also used explosives and scattered nails on roads to delay pursuers late last night in what authorities described as the biggest gun attack in years.
“This is likely the work of the insurgents,” Colonel Pramote Prom-in, a regional security spokesman, told newmen.
“This is one of the biggest attack in recent times,” he said.
The dead included present and former assistant village and sub-district heads, a former sub-district head, a health official, and a police captain supervising southern border investigations.
Officials said the attackers stole an assault rifle, two shotguns and five pistols from the checkpoint victims.
A decade-old separatist insurgency in predominantly Buddhist Thailand's largely ethnic Malay-Muslim provinces of Yala, Pattani, and Narathiwat has killed nearly 7,000 people since 2004, according to Deep South Watch, which monitors the violence.
Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat were part of an independent Malay Muslim sultanate before Thailand annexed them in 1909.