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Volunteer village guard system in Thailand’s south up for review after Tuesday’s deadly attack

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The village guard system, used as part of the local volunteer security in the Deep South of Thailand, is set to be completely reviewed, or replaced by a more mobile system where village defence volunteer units will be on regular patrol to seek insurgents, instead of being a “sitting duck”.

15 volunteers and villages were killed after a deadly, and well co-ordinated, insurgent raid late on Tuesday night. Security officials estimate that more than 10 insurgents carried out the brutal surprise attack.

The overhaul of the system was announced yesterday by Lt-Gen Pornsak Poonsawat, commander of the 4th Army Region, following a deadly raid by insurgents on the Ban Thung Sadao village defence unit in Muang district of Yala province on Tuesday. A number of others were also seriously injured and remain in hospital.

Lt-Gen Pornsak says that the stationary village guard system has made the volunteers an easy target for insurgents and is in serious need of an immediate revamp to prevent a repeat of the carnage. He also confirmed at the families of the victims will be provided with 500,000 baht each as initial compensation.

During the surprise attack, insurgent militants ambushed the volunteer unit, doing nothing other than sitting and having a meeting at the time, shooting them, stealing their weapons, and then cutting off escape routes or access to the scene by emergency services or army.

“From now on, they (the defence volunteers) must be on the move. They must not camp out in the jungle, but must sleep in the basements of each other’s houses. We can’t afford to be a sitting duck, otherwise they will all be killed,” said Lt-Gen Pornsak.

One community leader of Tambon Lam Phaya told Thai PBS that there were about 20 defence volunteers at the outpost on Tuesday night, attending their weekly meeting to discuss their work plan.

Lam Phaya Tambon Administration Organization (TAO) Mayor Thanong Maithong said he suspected the insurgents had targeted the weapons of the volunteers.

All 15 victims killed in the attack have already been buried in accordance with Islamic tradition.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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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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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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