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Forestry official gunned down in broad daylight in Yala

A forestry official was shot and killed in broad daylight, in Muang district of Thailand’s restive southern province of Yala, by suspected insurgents as he was riding home on a…

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Two suspected insurgents killed in shootout with security forces in Pattani

Two suspected insurgents were shot dead by security forces at a house in the Nong Chik district of Thailand’s southern province of Pattani on Thursday night.   Colonel Pramote Prom-in,…

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Three policemen injured by blast in Thailand’s Narathiwat province

Three traffic police officers were injured this evening (Tuesday), one of them seriously, in the roadside detonation of a device, believed to have been planted by southern insurgents, in the…

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Five suspects held in pre-dawn sweep in Yala province

Security forces have been combing the Nang Chan mountain range, which straddles the borders of Muang district of Yala and Kok Po district of Pattani, to search for suspects involved…

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Ranger stabbed by assailant linked to insurgents in Narathiwat

A paramilitary ranger sustained serious injury after he was stabbed by a man who tried, unsuccessfully, to seize his service rifle, and who was quickly subdued by another ranger.  …

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Rights group calls on government to stop arming civilians in Deep South

A student human rights advocacy group in Thailand’s Deep South, PerMAS, has called on the Government to stop arming civilians and to stop dragging them into the armed conflict between…

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Village guard system in Deep South to be revamped after Tuesday’s attack

The current village guard system, in the restive Deep South of Thailand, will be completely overhauled or replaced by a mobile system, under which village defence volunteer units will be…

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PM Mahathir opposes separatism in Thailand’s deep South

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad is supportive of Thailand’s efforts to resolve unrest in the deep South of the country through peaceful means and opposes any desires for separatism. Mahathir…

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Insurgents detonate car-bomb at Pattani police station

Southern insurgents detonated a car bomb, damaging eight vehicles in front of an old police station in Mai Kaen district of Thailand’s southern border province of Pattani Thursday night. A…

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(Photo) Mourners attend a funeral of Abdulloh Esormusor, 34, an insurgent suspect who was left in a coma after being interrogated by the Thai security force in Pattani province, southern of Thailand, August 25, 2019. Picture taken August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

Thai military faces questions over death of suspect in southern insurgency

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Rights activists and relatives urged Thailand on Monday to investigate the death of an insurgent suspect who went into a coma after interrogation at an army camp…

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Comatose suspected insurgent dies after 35 days in hospital

Abdulloh Esor Musor, a suspected insurgent being held in military custody for questioning after his arrest on July 20th, died early Sunday morning. He had to be rushed, unconscious, to…

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Gold worth 60 million baht stolen from shop in Songkhla

Five people, dressed in para military uniforms and armed with assault rifles, robbed a gold shop in the downtown Na Thawee district of Thailand’s southern province of Songkhla on Saturday…

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Security intensified following two explosions in Pattani

Security has been tightened up at banks, markets, convenience stores and government offices in 12 districts of Thailand’s southern province of Pattani after two explosions, which damaged an ATM in…

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Southern army go on offensive in hunt for separatist insurgents

The Fourth Army Region has decided to embed about 10,000 men in 735 special mobile units in 188 villages known to be used as safe havens for separatist insurgents. The…

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Four officials dead, two wounded as insurgents attack checkpoint in Pattani

One soldier and three defence volunteers were killed, and two other volunteers injured, in an attack by suspected insurgents on a road checkpoint in Thailand’s southernmost province of Pattani on…

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Thai military condemned for alleged torture of a Muslim man in Pattani

The Pattani United Liberation Organization (PULO) has condemned the Thai military over an incident involving a previously healthy Muslim man who was taken to a military camp in the country’s…

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Two volunteers killed by suspected insurgents in Yala

Two defence volunteers manning a road checkpoint, in Muang district of Thailand’s southern province of Yala, have been shot dead while a third volunteer and a villager have been wounded…

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Ranger and civilian killed, 4 others injured in shooting and bombing incidents

One para-military ranger and a civilian were killed and three other rangers and another villager wounded in two related shooting and bombing incidents in the forests of Yaha district of…

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Facial ID scanning for phone users in deep South to start November 1st  

Starting October 31st, mobile phone users in Thailand’s three southernmost provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat and the districts of Na Thawee, Jana, Tepa and Sabayoi of Songkhla, who do…

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Couple shot and motorbike stolen in Narathiwat

A couple were shot dead and their motorcycle stolen in Ra-ngae district of the southern province of Narathiwat on Friday. The two victims were identified as Mr. Paisal Joongsakul, 65,…

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Suspected insurgent wanted for Big C car bomb in Pattani arrested

A suspected insurgent, who is the subject of four arrest warrants for alleged complicity in violent incidents in the restive deep South, was apprehended by Thai security forces in Thepa…

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Deep South peace talks to resume in two weeks

After completion of a 2-day visit to Thailand’s Deep South region, the Malaysian facilitator for peace talks between the Thai government and Mara Patani, Tan Sri Abdul Rahim bin Mohammad…

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Malaysian peace talk facilitator visits Thailand’s deep South

The Malaysian facilitator for the peace talks between the Thai government and Mara Patani, an umbrella organization for Thailand’s separatist groups in the Deep South, paid a two-day visit to…

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Chief peace negotiator for southern insurgent groups resigns

Mara Patani’s peace dialogue chief Sukree Hari has announced an end to his role in negotiations with the Thai government to end the decade-old violence in Thailand’s deep South, citing…

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Militants operating beyond three southernmost provinces

Southern militants have expanded their operations into other provinces, in addition to the three restive southernmost provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat as well as certain districts of Songkhla province,…

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PM says perpetrators want to “internationalize” southern conflict to provoke outside intervention

The recent escalation of violence in the deep South  by armed militants was an attempt to “internationalize” the conflict in the region to attract  attention of the international community, Prime…

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PULO optimistic about new facilitator for peace talks with Thai authorities  

A Southern Thai separatist group is optimistic about the appointment of a controversial former inspector general of police of Malaysia as the new facilitator for peace talks to end violence…

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Life sentence for two militants in 2017 car bomb in Pattani

Two men who were allegedly involved in the twin bombing of Big C Super Store in the southern province of Pattani in 2017 were today sentenced to life imprisonment by…

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