Attackers fire grenades at police in Thailand

2017-04-03 16:10
A Thai soldier stands guard after the attack. (Madaree Tohlala, AFP)

A Thai soldier stands guard after the attack. (Madaree Tohlala, AFP)

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Hat Yai - Gunmen with grenade launchers and other heavy weapons attacked a police checkpoint on Monday in southern Thailand, injuring six officers, in what appeared to be the latest violence by Muslim separatists who have been fighting for more than a decade.

Police Capt Pongsak Khaonuan said an unknown number of attackers used M-79 grenade launchers and other weapons to attack the checkpoint in Yala province before dawn. The gunmen retreated when police fired back.

Three other attacks last week resulted in the deaths of an army ranger and a policeman in the deep south provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat, the only ones with Muslim-majorities in Buddhist-dominated Thailand. About 7 000 people have been killed since the insurgency flared in 2004.

Monday's attackers scattered nails on the road to the checkpoint to hinder any assistance for the police, puncturing the tyres of an ambulance that came to the scene.

Police said they had no specific suspects, but it followed a familiar pattern of attacks by the separatists. They said it was not necessarily linked to last week's violence.

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