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World Police: Attack kills 15 at southern Thailand security post

09:30  06 november  2019
09:30  06 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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

HATYAI, Thailand (AP) — Thai police say attackers fired into security checkpoints in southern Thailand and killed 14 volunteer officers. Pol. Col. Thaweesak Thongsongsi, a superintendent in a police station in Yala province, said an unknown number of assailants used heavy weapons in the

Police secure the road leading to a shooting scene in Yala province, Thailand, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. Gunmen fired at security personnel at checkpoints in Thailand's insurgency-wracked south, killing 15 volunteer officers and wounding five others, police said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Sumeth Panpetch)© Provided by The Associated Press Police secure the road leading to a shooting scene in Yala province, Thailand, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. Gunmen fired at security personnel at checkpoints in Thailand's insurgency-wracked south, killing 15 volunteer officers and wounding five others, police said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Sumeth Panpetch) Gunmen fired at security personnel at checkpoints in Thailand's insurgency-wracked south, killing 15 volunteer officers and wounding five others, police said Wednesday.

Some of the attackers may have been injured in an exchange of gunfire during the attack late Tuesday night, based on blood-stained clothing at the scene, said Col. Kiattisak Neewong, an army spokesperson who is heading to the scene in Yala province. Officials said the assailants took several weapons from the checkpoints, including an M16 rifle and 3 shotguns.

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The attackers in Thailand 's province of Yala used explosives and scattered nails on roads to delay pursuers late on Tuesday night. 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

BANGKOK - Suspected separatist insurgents killed at least 15 and wounded four village defense volunteers in a late-night shooting at a security checkpoint in Thailand 's Muslim-majority south , security officials said on Wednesday. The attackers in southern Yala province also used explosives

Police secure the road leading to a shooting scene in Yala province, Thailand, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. Gunmen fired at security personnel at checkpoints in Thailand's insurgency-wracked south, killing 15 volunteer officers and wounding five others, police said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Sumeth Panpetch)© Provided by The Associated Press Police secure the road leading to a shooting scene in Yala province, Thailand, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. Gunmen fired at security personnel at checkpoints in Thailand's insurgency-wracked south, killing 15 volunteer officers and wounding five others, police said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Sumeth Panpetch)

A Muslim separatist insurgency has left about 7,000 people dead since 2004 in Thailand's three southernmost provinces of Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala. Police, teachers and other government representatives are often targets of the violence.

Kiattisak said four of the slain officers were women and one was a doctor. Thailand's volunteer security forces in the south are raised from local villages and receive weapons training from the army but no salary. They are usually issued shotguns but also often carry personal handguns.

Pol. Col. Thaweesak Thongsongsi, a superintendent in a Yala police station, said nails had been scattered on a highway to disable vehicles entering Yala. A small explosive was found placed near an electrical pole to knock out power, and several burning tires were left at a school as well.

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