Two volunteers killed in Narathiwat ambush

Two defence volunteers have been killed in an ambush in Sungai Padi district in this southern province.

District police were reported of the attack on Ban Toh Deng Rd in tambon Toh Deng at 4.30pm on Tuesday.

When a joint team of police, soldiers and administrative officials reached the scene, they found two bodies and a fire-damaged motorcycle with no licence plates on the ground.

After a bomb disposal team cleared the scene, they found the bodies next to the motorcycle belonged to Muhammad Hafazi, who was hit in the head, and Jehyunai Jehbueraheng, who sustained multiple wounds to the torso. They were sent to Sungai Padi Hospital for autopsies.

Almost 10 M16 shells found at the scene were taken in evidence.

An initial investigation found the two volunteers left the operation centre of Tambon Toh Deng Protection Unit to provide security services at Ban Phlong School in the same tambon.

When the school closed, they rode back. About 1km to the unit, at least two armed perpetrators who hid in dense forests along the road fired M16 and killed the pair. They then torched the motorcycle and took two AK-47 rifles, a 9mm pistol and two bullet vests from the victims.

Source – Bangkok Post: Two volunteers killed in Narathiwat ambush

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Insurgents Use Landmines in Conflict-Torn ThaiSouth

Separatist insurgents have used landmines to maim rubber plantation workers and seriously disrupt the daily life of people in Thailand’s southern border provinces, Human Rights Watch said today. Ethnic Malay Muslim insurgents affiliated with the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) separatist movement should immediately cease using antipersonnel landmines and end attacks on civilians.

On July 2, 2018, Suthin Haewkhuntod, an ethnic Thai Buddhist latex tapper in Yala province’s Krong Penang district, lost his foot after he stepped on a landmine reportedly laid by insurgents on the rubber plantation where he worked. Two other ethnic Thai Buddhist latex tappers, Wipawan Plodkaenthong and Chutipon Namwong, were seriously wounded by landmines, in Yala’s Yaha district on June 28 and in Muang district on July 2.

“Laying landmines on rubber plantations and in paths used by villagers is cruel beyond words,” said Brad Adams, Asia director. “Insurgent groups should stop using these unlawful weapons and clear the landmines they have already laid.”

The separatist groups should observe the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, which Thailand ratified in 1998. Antipersonnel mines are prohibited because they cannot discriminate between civilians and combatants, and because they kill and maim people long after they are laid.

Continue reading: HRW

A villager slain in drive-by shooting in conflict-torn ThaiSouth

A villager was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Rueso district of this southern province on Saturday afternoon.

The attack occurred on a local road in Ban Bon village in tambon Suwaree, said Pol Lt Thanit Wutthicha, deputy investigation chief at the Rueso police station, who was alerted at 2pm.

Burahan Jaekor, 30, of Sungai Padi district, was found dead on his fallen motorcycle on the road. He had sustained two gunshot wounds to his neck and nape.

A police investigation found the man had left his house for his orchard by motorcycle earlier. When he was on his way back home, two men on a motorcycle followed him and the pillion rider opened fire on him and fled.

The motive for the attack was still not known.

Source: Bangkok Post

Bombs recovered in ThaiSouth made in Malaysia?

A police officer in southern Thailand has claimed improvised explosive devices seized there were made in Malaysia.

Security forces in the restive province have been instructed to intensify investigations over the seizure of 41 home-made bombs from a pickup truck in Narathiwat yesterday.

Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan wants the authorities to identify the culprits behind the bombs.

“The authorities need to find out who was responsible for bringing the bombs.

“They need to investigate more,” he told reporters today, adding that officers were also instructed to hunt and arrest a suspect who evaded arrest by fleeing into some jungle.

His statement came as Thai security forces in the southern provinces stepped up surveillance following the seizure of the bombs.

Narathiwat police chief Maj Gen Manas Sikamat was quoted as telling the local media today that the bombs were made in neighbouring Malaysia and were intended to harm security officers.

He, however, did not provide any evidence to back his claim about the origin of the bombs.

An unidentified Thai officer quoted by the local media claimed the PVC pipes used for the bombs were not available in Thailand.

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6 Men Killed in Separate Shootings in ThaiSouth

Masked gunmen shot and killed five men in a cockfighting pen in Thailand’s Deep South province of Yala on Monday, while another was shot dead in another part of the insurgency-wracked region, officials said.

Also on Monday, police announced that an Islamic leader who was shot three days ago was pronounced dead and officers filed arrest warrants for eight suspects in the killing of four members of a family who were gunned down while panning for gold in another Muslim-majority province.

“According to initial investigation, four unknown assailants wearing black balaclavas sprayed bullets at the victims while they were talking at the premises where there was a cockfighting pen,” police Capt. Sulklifeh Rasoh told reporters.

He said the gunmen fled on two motorcycles.

Continue reading: BenarNews

Four Villagers Murdered in Conflict-Torn ThaiSouth

Four villagers were shot dead in the country’s south in another case of violence in the insurgency-wracked region, police said.

Police Maj. Gen. Manas Siksamat, police chief of Narathiwat province, said the killings happened Thursday while the victims were gold panning at a river running through a rubber plantation.

He said the victims, all male, were discovered Thursday night and their bodies were riddled with bullet wounds.

Thailand’s three southernmost provinces of Narathiwat, Yala and Pattani have been plagued by a Muslim separatist insurgency that has claimed the lives of more than 6,500 people since the violence escalated in 2004.

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Multiple bomb attacks hit ThaiSouth, injure three people

Multiple bomb attacks by suspected separatist insurgents injured at least three people in Thailand’s far south on Sunday (May 20), the military said.

A decades-old separatist insurgency in predominantly Buddhist Thailand’s largely ethnic Malay, Muslim provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat has claimed the lives of nearly 7,000 people since 2004, according to the Deep South Watch group, which monitors the violence.

Successive governments have held talks with rebel groups aimed at bringing peace but the discussions have largely stalled, including under the current, military government.

In Sunday’s attacks, explosives were placed near ATM machines and bank branches in at least 14 locations across four southern provinces, including Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat, as well as Songkhla province, the military said.

Continue reading: Channel NewsAsia