2 soldiers killed in southern Thailand attack

2015-07-16 12:04
Thai soldiers stand guard at an intersection. (Pornchai Kittiwongsakul, AFP)

Thai soldiers stand guard at an intersection. (Pornchai Kittiwongsakul, AFP)

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Bangkok - Two soldiers were killed in an ambush by separatist insurgents in southern Thailand on Thursday, the military said.

The soldiers were hit by machine-gun fire while out on patrol in their pick-up truck. Insurgents then poured gasoline over the vehicle and set fire to it, army spokesperson Banphot Poonpien said.

The ambush is the latest in a series of attacks by separatists insurgents over the Islamic month of Ramadan.

On Tuesday, one soldier was killed and six more wounded by a roadside bomb.

Attacks over the weekend killed six people across three provinces near banks, hotels and restaurants.

Thailand's three Muslim-majority southern provinces have been embroiled in an insurgency since 2004 against the central government in the predominantly Buddhist nation.

More than 5 000 people been killed in the ongoing conflict.

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