HAT YAI 1 dead, 4 wounded in road­side am­bush in south­ern Thai­land

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Asean Focus -

Po­lice say sus­pected in­sur­gents killed one per­son and wounded four in a road­side am­bush in south­ern Thai­land, a re­gion that has been suf­fer­ing from se­ri­ous po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence for more than a decade.

Po­lice Capt. San­guansak Kaew­moon said Thurs­day that an un­known num­ber of gun­men used as­sault ri­fles to open fire on a pickup truck car­ry­ing seven peo­ple re­turn­ing from a hunt­ing trip. The at­tack left the truck rid­dled with bul­let holes.

Po­lice sus­pect the Wed­nes­day as­sault was car­ried out by Mus­lim sep­a­ratists, who have been con­duct­ing a low-level but deadly in­sur­gency in Thai­land’s three south­ern­most prov­inces of Pat­tani, Yala, and Narathi­wat. Their cam­paign has led to the deaths of al­most 7000 peo­ple since the re­bel­lion flared in 2004.

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