Gunmen kill two soldiers in Thai south, independence banners found

Unidentified gunmen shot dead two soldiers in an ambush in Thailand’s south on Thursday, police said, and dozens of banners calling for independence have been found in the insurgency-plagued region. The two soldiers were killed as they drove back from patrol in Rueso district of Narathiwat province, police said, adding that the assailants were suspected insurgents. “The two soldiers were killed while driving back from a patrol and were ambushed by around five to seven suspected insurgents and shot,” Police Lieutenant General Suchart Teerasawat, an inspector-general and deputy chief of a southern provinces operation centre, told Reuters. “Their bodies were set on fire.” The attack comes despite a 50 percent drop in attacks by Muslim Malay rebels across the restive region, according to police.



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