Suspected separatist insurgents stormed a safety checkpoint in Thailand's Muslim-majority south and killed not less than 15 folks, together with a police officer and lots of village defence volunteers, safety officers stated on Wednesday. Law enforcement, instructors and other federal government reps are generally targets of the violence.
The goal of much of the bloodshed, which overwhelmingly attacks civilians, seems to be terrorism by itself, said Srisompob Jitpiromsri, director of Deep South Watch, who oversees the insurgent activity.
For the last five decades, Muslim rebels have been demanding a separate country for themselves.
Police said nails had been scattered on a highway to disable vehicles entering Yala.
They burned tires on the road to slow down authorities chasing after them following the attack on the vigilantes at about 11:20 p.m. local time on Tuesday.
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Thailand's three southernmost provinces have been in the grip of a conflict that has killed more than 7,000 people, as Malay-militants fight for more autonomy from the Thai state.
The Thai junta, which seized power in 2014, has held several rounds of talks with one group that claims to represent the militants, Mara Patani.
The foremost insurgency crew, the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN), denied responsibility for the Bangkok bombings, which wounded four other folks. They are also known for occasional coordinated attacks when seeking to make a political point with a show of strength.
Ten insurgents walked through the rubber plantation to the checkpoint building and attacked the securitymen at 2130 hrs on Tuesday, Bangkok Post reported.