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2 bombing suspects dead, 3 soldiers wounded in Pattani shootout

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2 suspected insurgents allegedly involved in Thursday’s bombings in Pattani’s Nongjik district, which killed 2 security officers and injured 3 others, were killed in a shootout yesterday in the southern province’s Yaring district. 3 more soldiers were wounded. The clash erupted in Buenaejuerae village in tambon Kolam where a combined team of soldiers, police and local officials were patrolling, according to police.

An unknown number of men opened fire on the officers, who returned fire. The exchange lasted about 30 minutes and 3 officers were injured. They were rushed to a hospital while the hunt continued for the armed men. 33 year old Sutthiporn Supakarn was wounded in the right leg. 31 year old Anuwat Suansokchuek was hit in the left ankle, 27 year old Saenchai Chartchamnarn suffered injuries to his left leg and right ankle. All were taken to Yarang Hospital in Pattani. The 2 dead suspects were later identified as Masukri Sarumo and Anwar Golae.

At the scene, officials reportedly found an AK-47 rifle, a 9mm handgun and several items of camping equipment. Officials speculated that the group might have comprised 5 suspects of whom 3 had managed to escape.

Authorities are still looking for the other perpetrators and Thursday’s bombers.

“Soldiers are scouring the area to find the other suspects to ensure the safety of local people in Pattani.”

Thailand’s southernmost provinces have long been racked by a separatist insurgency.

SOURCES: Bangkok Post | Nation Thailand

 

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