Gunmen kill 15 in southern Thailand’s worst attack in years

epa03365078 Thai soldiers on a security patrol behind Muslim women on their way to Eid al-Fitr prayers in the unrest province of Pattani, southern Thailand, 19 August 2012. Muslims across the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. More than 5,000 people have been killed since the violence began in January 2004 in the three predominantly Muslim majority Thai provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala. EPA/ABDULLAH WANGNI

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Suspected separatist insurgents stormed a security checkpoint in Thailand’s Muslim-majority south and killed at least 15 people, including a police officer and many village defence volunteers, security officials said on Wednesday.

It was the worst single attack in years in a region where a Muslim separatist insurgency has killed thousands.

The attackers, in the province of Yala, also used explosives and scattered nails on roads to delay pursuers late on Tuesday night.

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.

 

Via Reuters

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