BANGKOK: At least 15 killed and 4 village defense volunteers wounded after suspected separatist insurgents shooting at a security checkpoint in Thailand’s Muslim-majority south in a late night Wednesday.
On Tuesday night the attackers in southern Yala province used explosives and scattered nails on roads to delay pursuers in what authorities described as the biggest gun attack in years.
Colonel Pramote Prom-in, the regional security spokesman told Reuters that this is likely the work of the insurgents and this is one of the biggest attack in recent times.
According to Deep South Watch, 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.
Some rebel group in the south have said they are fighting to establish an independent state and there was no claim of responsibility as is common with attacks in Thailand’s deep south.