Thai militants kill 15 at southern checkpoints
Gunmen killed at least 15 village defence volunteers and wounded five security personnel at two checkpoints in Thailand’s Yala province. The attacks were carried out on Tuesday and are among the deadliest since a separatist rebellion began in the country 15 years ago. Army spokesman Col Kiattisak Neewong said four of those killed were women. Volunteer forces in the south of Thailand are raised from villages, with members receiving weapons training from the army. They guard their own villages rather than confronting militants directly. More than 7,000 people have been killed since the insurgency began in the southern provinces of Yala, Pattaniand Narathiwat.