At least 15 people were killed in attacks by suspected Muslim militants in Thailand’s violence-wracked south, an army spokesman said on Wednesday, the latest incident in the 15-year bloody insurgency. Suspected insurgents killed at least 15 volunteer village defense officers and wounded four others in Thailand's Muslim-majority south, police said Wednesday.
Thailand’s three southernmost provinces have been in the grip of a conflict that has killed more than 7,000 people, as Malay-Muslim militants fight for more autonomy from the Thai state.
In the largest death toll in years, “twelve were killed at the scene, two more [died] at the hospital, and one died this morning”, said Pramote, adding that five others were injured.The attackers took M-16 rifles and shotguns from the checkpoints, he said. “These acts were by militants.”
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