Attack kills 15 at southern Thailand security post

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The main insurgent group active in the region is Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN).

Thai forensic experts and military personnel examine the site where at least 15 people were killed by suspected separatist insurgents in Yala province, southern Thailand, on November 6, 2019.

Suspected insurgents killed at least 15 people and wounded four others in Thailand's Muslim-majority south, police said on Wednesday.

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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.

Thailand's Southern Army spokesman Pramot Prom-in has stated that this is the largest firing incident in the country in the last few years.

The provinces of Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala had been part of the independent Malay Muslim Sultanate until 1909. Pramot said that there could be a conspiracy of the rebels behind this attack. Heavy-handed crackdowns have fueled the discontent. Law enforcement, instructors and other federal government reps are generally targets of the violence. The fragmented insurgent groups have focused on vague separatist demands and have not been linked to jihadi movements.

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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. Muslims and Buddhist civilians have fallen victim to their shooting or bomb attacks.

According to daily Bangkok Post, some 10 unknown gunmen attacked defense volunteer booth in Moo 5 village about 11.20 p.m. local time (1820GMT).

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