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Insurgents attack security checkpoint in Yala, 15 killed

Insurgents attack security checkpoint in Yala, 15 killed

YALA: Fifteen people manning a security checkpoint were killed when it was attacked by gunmen on last night (Nov 5), in Tambon Lam Phaya of Muang district. The victims’ weapons were stolen.

By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 6 November 2019, 01:12PM

Security officials at the attacked defence checkpoint in Muang district of Yala province this morning (Nov 6). Photo: Abdullah Benjakat / Bangkok Post

Security officials at the attacked defence checkpoint in Muang district of Yala province this morning (Nov 6). Photo: Abdullah Benjakat / Bangkok Post

Authorities said there were at least 10 attackers. The insurgents approached on foot through a rubber plantation to attack the defence volunteer booth in Moo 5 village about 11:20pm.

Eleven local residents and officials, mainly defence volunteers on duty, were shot dead during the attack. Four wounded colleagues later succumbed to their wounds at Yala Hospital.

Three other wounded people were being treated there. Two defence volunteers survived the onslaught unscathed.

The dead included present and former assistant village and sub-district heads, a former sub-district head, a health official, and a police captain supervising southern border investigations.

The insurgents scattered road spikes, set fire to tyres, felled a tree and bombed a power pole to obstruct pursuit. It also hindered emergency services rushing to the scene of the attack. Three rescue vehicles were disabled.

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Officials said the attackers stole an assault rifle, two shotguns and five pistols from the checkpoint victims.

About the same time, another checkpoint was attacked. No casualties were reported there.


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Kurt | 09 November 2019 - 08:58:19

Is it true that the thai army is larger than these of France and UK together? And amazingly play depend on civil volunteers?Thailand has 1750++  Generals, without war commanding experience. Is it not time to order a few tins of generals to the Deep South to learn warfare practice and do something to earn medals? Give them a job. Most of them have not even a office.

Kurt | 09 November 2019 - 08:22:05

The 'defence' checkpoint very 'strategic' amid forests/rubber plantages.  Qute invitingto attack civil volunteers. And General Prayut still insist ( BP) to continue with civilians instead of real soldiers, despite the Martial Law, Emergency Decree, Int. Security Act. Army is needed to look for Cambodian political opposition persons who are perhaps in Thailand.  (BP) Yup, priorities...

Christy Sweet | 07 November 2019 - 09:58:52

Insurgent is an apt term as it is stolen land they are trying to reclaim. 

Kurt | 07 November 2019 - 09:00:50

Seems the terrorists ( call them terrorists, 'insurgents' is to sweet named) made their day and got away with more weapons than they came with.  I not understand why that check point was manned by volunteers instead of  professional army soldiers with at least a Captain, or a Colonel, as commanding office? The attack proves that would have been better than these poor volunteers.

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