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10:05  06 november  2019
10:05  06 november  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Thailand has linked the bombs to southern insurgents and said the devices used were similar to those found in the south – though no group ever claimed responsibility in the attacks .

The attackers in southern Yala province also used explosives and scattered nails on roads to delay pursuers late on Tuesday night in what authorities described as the biggest gun attack in years . There was no claim of responsibility, as is common with attacks in Thailand ' s deep south .

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) © 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) BANGKOK, Nov 6 (Reuters) - 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, security officials said on Wednesday.

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

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Officials said the attack was one of the deadliest in years . Suspected insurgents killed at least 15 volunteer village defense officers and wounded four others in Thailand ' s Muslim-majority south , police said Wednesday. The late-night attack targeted a security checkpoint in southern Yala province.

PATTANI, Thailand , May 31 (AP) — A roadside bomb killed 10 paramilitary troops in southern Thailand on Thursday, while in a separate attack gunmen fired into a mosque and killed five people, a Thai Army spokesman said. The bomb went off as government-hired paramilitary rangers returned

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

"This is likely the work of the insurgents," Colonel Pramote Prom-in, a regional security spokesman, told Reuters.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Rescue workers transfer the bodies of dead village defence volunteers, who were killed by suspected separatist insurgents, to stretcher trolleys at a hospital in Yala province © Reuters/SURAPAN BOONTHANOM Rescue workers transfer the bodies of dead village defence volunteers, who were killed by suspected separatist insurgents, to stretcher trolleys at a hospital in Yala province

"This is one of the biggest attack in recent times."

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, however, as is common with such attacks.

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, says Deep South Watch, a group that monitors the violence.

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The South Thailand insurgency ( Thai : ความไม่สงบในชายแดนภาคใต้ของประเทศไทย; Malay: Pemberontakan di Selatan Thailand ) is an ongoing conflict centered in southern Thailand .

See also: South Thailand insurgency and History of Thailand . 5 December: Thailand airdropped nearly 100 million origami cranes over the southern regions of the country in an effort to bring peace. 3 April: A series of bomb attacks in Songkhla killed two people and leaving 66 injured.

The population of the provinces, which belonged to an independent Malay Muslim sultanate before Thailand annexed them in 1909, is 80 percent Muslim, while the rest of the country is overwhelmingly Buddhist.

Members of a bomb squad inspect the site of an attack by suspected Muslim militants in Yala province on November 6, 2019. - At least fifteen people were killed and another four injured in attacks by suspected Muslim militants in Thailand's violence-wracked south, an army spokesman said on November 6, the largest death toll in years. (Photo by TUWAEDANIYA MERINGING / AFP) (Photo by TUWAEDANIYA MERINGING/AFP via Getty Images) Members of a bomb squad inspect the site of an attack by suspected Muslim militants in Yala province on November 6, 2019. - At least fifteen people were killed and another four injured in attacks by suspected Muslim militants in Thailand's violence-wracked south, an army spokesman said on November 6, the largest death toll in years. (Photo by TUWAEDANIYA MERINGING / AFP) (Photo by TUWAEDANIYA MERINGING/AFP via Getty Images)

Some rebel groups in the south have said they are fighting to establish an independent state.

Authorities arrested several suspects from the region in August over a series of small bombs detonated in Bangkok, the capital, although they have not directly blamed any insurgent group.

The main insurgency group, the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN), denied responsibility for the Bangkok bombings, which wounded four people.

In August, the group told Reuters it had held a secret preliminary meeting https://www.reuters.com/article/us-thailand-south-exclusive/exclusive-muslim-insurgent-group-says-it-met-with-thai-government-idUSKCN1V7039 with the government, but any step towards a peace process appeared to wither after the deputy prime minister rejected a key demand for the release of prisoners.

(Reporting by Surapan Boonthanom, Panu Wongcha-um, and Panarat Thepgumpanat; Editing by Paul Tait and Clarence Fernandez)


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