15 people killed in attack on Thai checkpoint

15 people killed in attack on Thai checkpoint
The scene Photo: Reuters

It happened in a region where separatists are active.

At least 15 people were killed and four injured in a shootout at a checkpoint in the province of Yala, southern Thailand, local media reported.

"This was probably done by the rebels. It’s been one of the biggest attacks over the recent years," they said quoting a representative of the regional security service.

To break away, the attackers used explosives and nails scattered along the road.

Yala is one of the four provinces of Thailand where Muslims predominate. The provinces of Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala had been part of the independent Malay Muslim Sultanate until 1909.

According to the organization Deep South Watch, which monitors separatist attacks, about 7 thousand people have died as a result of the riots in the three provinces since 2004.

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