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Roadside bomb explodes as rangers drive to a wedding in Southern Thailand

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In the southern province of Narathawit, an area troubled by insurgency-related violence right on the Thai-Malaysia border, a bomb exploded as rangers were driving to a wedding. None of the soldiers were injured, but the bomb caused major damage to the pickup truck.

Here’s is a longer explanation of the 2 decade-long southern insurgency.

The bomb was an improvised explosive device, or IED. It was planted along the roadside in the Rueso district by the Sawo Hile village in tambon Sawo.

Civic action team soldiers were on their way to a wedding in the nearby village Bue Cho when the roadside bomb exploded. The bomb damaged the left side of the Toyota pickup truck bed and left rear tyre. An explosive ordnance disposal team was called to the scene.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Toby Andrews

    November 16, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    I think there is a lot happening down there that does not the news.

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    Issan John

    November 17, 2020 at 12:59 am

    Sadly, it’s a bit like Northern Ireland became in the late 80’s and 90’s as far as hitting the news in the UK went, or the Basque region in Spain in the 90’s.

    Unless there was a major incident bombing just became “normal”, as it’s become in the southern provinces, and barely newsworthy.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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Man shot and killed, bomb explosion in deep south

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A man was fatally shot and later, as rangers were patrolling, a bomb exploded – both incidents were in the Southern province of Narathiwat, an area plagued with violence from the more than two-decade-long insurgency. Around 6am this morning, 48 year old Sorpree Arma was shot dead in the Sri Sakhon district just as he was leaving his home to go work on his rubber farm, according to the 49th Ranger Task Force.

About a couple hours later, in the Rangae district, a bomb exploded on the side of a local road as rangers were passing by. No one was injured and officers are investigating.

Thailand’s more than two-decade-long insurgency in the southern provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala and Songkhla have led to over 6,500 deaths, mostly civilians, and reports of shootings, ambushes and bomb explosions.

Just a few days ago, a navy soldier riding a motorcycle through Narathiwat’s Bacho district was shot and wounded.

In Narathiwat, just last month alone, there were multiple bombings. 2 bombs targeting rangers exploded in the Bacho district. No one was injured. In the Si Sakhon district, a car ran over a bomb. Luckily, no one was injured and the explosion just caused slight damage to the vehicle.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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2 insurgents killed, 4 ranger injured in Songkhla clash

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Rangers have shot and killed 2 suspected insurgents in the latest clashes in Thailand’s Deep South, this time in Songkhla’s Chana and Thepha district last night. Police and soldiers headed to the area after receiving reports that 4 insurgents were in the ares and travelling on 2 motorcycles. The suspects dispersed as the police and soldiers arrived. 3 separate clashes followed.

2 other suspected insurgents were killed in the first 2 clashes which occurred in Chana and Thepha districts. The 3 clashes happened in 3 different parts of the area.

In the 3rd of the clashes a 39 year old suspected insurgent was killed. 4 local rangers were also injured in that attack.

The man was suspected of being involved in a bombing out the front of the Pa Bon School in Khok Pho district, Pattani back in January, 2013. He was also a suspect of being involved in a bomb explosion on a road in Sabayoi district on February 24, earlier this year, where 10 people were injured.

The authorities combed the area and found the body of another suspect at a beach near the Krong Itam village in Koh Saba. believed to have died in the clashes.

He is believed to be Che Arong Baheng, an alleged insurgent operating in the Na Thawi district.

Clashes between religious insurgents and local Thais have been ongoing for 2 decades. More than 7,000 people, mostly civilians, are thought to have died in the territorial war. It originated in 1948 as an ethnic and religious separatist insurgency in a part of the Malay Patani Region, then comprising the 3 southernmost provinces of Thailand and parts of a 4th, but has become more complex and violent since the early 2000s where the violence has become entwined with activities from drug cartels, oil smuggling networks and Muslim insurgents.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Southern Thailand insurgents ambush police vehicle

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A group of insurgents allegedly shot up a police vehicle while it was travelling in the southern province Narathiwat, which borders Malaysia. 50 bullet casings were found on the ground after the ambush. Luckily, the 5 police officers, including the province’s deputy police chief, were not injured.

The police vehicle was equipped with bullet proof windows and the body of the truck was plated with armor. None of the bullets were able to penetrate the vehicle. The police sped away to a nearby paramilitary ranger post.

Police say around 10 insurgents hid in the bushes along the road and opened fire when the police vehicle drove by. After the ambush, officers were dispatched to the site. They found more than 50 bullet casings from various firearms.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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