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    Security forces capture suspect in killing of 4 defence volunteers in Pattani

    Security forces captured one suspect after a fierce gun-battle behind the historical Krue Se mosque in Pattani with a group of gunmen suspected to be responsible for an attack that killed four defence volunteers at a school earlier in the day.


    The suspects were hiding in an area behind the famous ancient mosque which is dotted with many fish ponds. Troop reinforcements were later dispatched to the scene to comb the area for suspected militants with surveillance planes flying overhead.


    The arrested suspect was identified as Makri Esor-puteh, a resident of Sabayoi district of Songkhla province. Security forces also seized one stolen motorcycle, one tricycle, survival kits, rice and dried food in his possession.


    Military sources said the suspected militants robbed two motorcycles from villagers and used them in their escape bid. Army uniforms used by the suspects to disguise themselves as troops in the fatal shooting of the volunteers at a school in Yarang district in the morning were found dumped near a klong.


    The Krue Se mosque is about 10 kilometres from the school where the four volunteers were gunned down. Disguising themselves as army troops, the gunmen surprised a unit of defence volunteers at the school in and killed them before taking away their assault rifles.


    The violent incident occurred this morning in the compound of Ban Pukoh school in Village 5, Tambon Prachan, where four defence volunteers were assigned to provide protection to the teachers.


    The shooting incident shocked and caused panic among teachers and students who screamed in horror as they scrambled for cover. The school was later ordered closed and all the students sent home.





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    Well I don't fancy his chances of a nice cell and three square meals a day.

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    Thai security forces kill two linked to deadly shooting at school

    Two insurgents believed to be tied to a motorcycle drive-by shooting at a school in Thailand’s south were shot dead Saturday, police said, as Unicef warned of trauma for children near the scene of the lunchtime violence.

    Since 2004, clashes between Malay-Muslim rebels and the Buddhist-majority Thai state that annexed the area over 100 years ago have killed nearly 7,000 people, mostly civilians of both faiths.



    The conflict rarely makes global headlines but is a reality for residents of border provinces where security forces maintain a large footprint, aided by poorly paid defence “volunteers” drawn from local communities.


    The four men killed in Thursday’s shooting were all Muslims and were guarding a school in Pattani province when the attackers struck just before lunchtime with students mere metres away.


    Pattani provincial police commander Piyawat Chalermsri said two people with alleged ties to the school violence were killed in a shoot-out Saturday morning.


    Though he did not give information about their identities or affiliation, he said he was “confident that they are the same group who carried out the attack Thursday” by driving by on motorbikes.


    Authorities have also detained one suspect and are questioning five others, while a military source said an eight-year-old had been grazed by a bullet but not seriously injured.


    Unicef Thailand representative Thomas Davin on Friday said one child at the Bukoh school attack was reportedly injured by debris and some who may have witnessed the attack could face long-term psychological trauma.


    “This attack has undoubtedly put the schoolchildren, the teachers and school personnel in harm’s way. It has put children at grave risk of injury or death,” he said.


    “Such violence could also affect parents’ willingness to send their children to school – potentially to the detriment of many children’s learning and future development.”


    The 15-year insurgency has seen scores of teachers killed, slain for their perceived collaboration with the Thai state, which led to the use of armed guards at schools.


    The death toll in the conflict dropped to a record low last year as Thailand’s junta tightened its security operations.


    But recent weeks have seen an uptick in violence, as rebels show they remain able to carry out more pinpointed operations.


    In a rare statement dated January 4 the main rebel group – the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) – swore to “keep fighting” while warning people not to help or support the state.


    But Thai authorities as well as the Malaysian facilitator of the talks have recently expressed confidence they will make progress soon.


    Former 4th Army commander Udomchai Thammasarorat said at the Foreign Correspondents Club in Thailand on Friday that he “wants to find a solution to exit from the violence”, and has urged the southern army commander to try and ensure public safety.



    https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south...hooting-school

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