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Five soldiers injured by bombs, insurgent killed

NARATHIWAT: Frightened children huddled on the classroom floor amid the sound of gunfire and a helicopter hovering overhead as security forces and militants clashed in a rubber plantation near their school in Chanae District yesterday morning (Jan 18).

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By Bangkok Post

Saturday 19 January 2019, 09:50AM


Security units regroup near the rubber plantation in Chanae District of Narathiwat after the raid on an insurgent camp yesterday morning (Jan 18). Photo: Waedao Harai / Bangkok Post

Security units regroup near the rubber plantation in Chanae District of Narathiwat after the raid on an insurgent camp yesterday morning (Jan 18). Photo: Waedao Harai / Bangkok Post

One militant was killed. Four others escaped but left trails of blood behind them.

Also yesterday morning, in Sungai Padi district, five members of a security team patrolling a road along a railway track were wounded by the second of two bombs detonated by ambushers.

The first bomb was detonated about 7:30am when a soldier and five paramilitary rangers based at Toh Deng train station were patrolling a road parallel to the track in Tambon Toh Deng of Sungai Padi District.

A steel box stuffed with explosives believed to weigh about 10 kilogrammes had been hidden in a pipe running beneath the road and was detonated remotely.

The patrol members were uninjured and opened fire into roadside bushes they believed were concealing the attackers.

As they tried to move away from the scene of the attack, a second bomb exploded about 15 metres from the first, wounding five of them. Three suffered serious injuries. The second bomb was inside a cooking gas cylinder and believed to weigh about 20kg.

Shortly before, at about 7:15am, police and paramilitary rangers raided a rubber plantation in Ban Tue Kor in Tambon Chanae of Chanae District.

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They converged on a shelter where there were five armed men. The two sides exchanged gunfire for about half an hour. As the militants began retreating a helicopter was called in to help track them.

One militant was found dead at the scene. He was later identified as Abdulloh Masae. An AK-47 rifle and several empty magazines were beside his body.

There were blood trails leaving the area and it was believed other suspects were wounded.

The clash occurred about two kilometres from Ban Tue Kor School, where pupils had already arrived for classes and could clearly hear the gunfire.

Teachers had them huddle down on the floor for their safety and tried to calm the frightened children.

 

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Kurt | 19 January 2019 - 10:17:08

Seems body heat detection equipment of this helicopter is not of much use when temperature of terrorist bodies and surroundings are almost the same. Thai Government is ordering more new tanks from China. Perhaps change the order and have more helicopters for the war in South Thailand. Tanks are there not much useful.

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