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Thailand, Nov 6 (Canadian-Media): In one of the most deadliest attacks on government forces 15 village defense volunteers were killed and five security personnel were wounded by gunmen in southern Thailand, media reports said.
Thailand Attacked. Wikipedia
Four of the slain officers were women and one was a doctor, said army spokesman Col. Kiattisak Neewong.
Col. Thaweesak Thongsongsi, a Yala police superintendent said that nails were scattered on a highway to disable vehicles entering Yala, and a small explosive device was found placed near an electrical pole to knock out power, and several burning tires were left at a school
The focus of the insurgents are switching from attacking soldiers and police to the volunteers, who are lightly armed soft targets, said Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha Wednesday.
Since the eruption of insurgency in 2014, more than 7,000 people have been killed in Thailand’s three southernmost provinces of Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala, populated with Muslim majorities in the Buddhist-dominant country.
Muslim residents have long complained that they are treated like second-class citizens. Police, teachers and other government representatives along with Muslim residents seen as siding with the government and Buddhist monks have often been targeted and attacked.