Thai mil­i­tants kill 15 at south­ern check­points

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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.

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