Thailand kills suspected Muslim insurgents

About 200 police and soldiers raided a jungle place used by Muslim insurgents in Yala, one of the four southernmost provinces, police said.

Thailand kills suspected Muslim insurgents
Thai Security forces killed six suspected Muslim insurgents in southern Thailand on Monday, police said.

About 200 police and soldiers raided a jungle place used by Muslim insurgents in Yala, one of the four southernmost provinces, police said.

"It's a major victory as we have eliminated some snipers," Police Colonel Sompien Ekpanya told Reuters at the scene of the fighting.

Police said they had found a rifle with telescopic sights and a dozen mobile phones used for detonating bombs.

Last week, a police officer was shot dead and five others were wounded in a nearby ambush. A helicopter flying in to attend to the victims suffered engine trouble and crashed, killing all 10 on board.

State Railways of Thailand suspended its services until security for staff and passengers was improved in the Malay-speaking Muslim region, a former sultanate occupied by predominantly Buddhist Bangkok a century ago.

Southern rail manager Tanongsak Pongprasert told Reuters, "services will resume only when we are assured of proper security measures."

Reuters
Last Mod: 23 Haziran 2008, 14:19
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