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In southern Thailand, a defense volunteer has been killed and 2 police officers injured in a cowardly attack

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Two police officers were injured in a bomb attack in Yala yesterday morning, hours after a defense volunteer was shot dead in Narathiwat, police said.

The bomb went off when a police team was patrolling an area in Tambon Taseh in Yala’s main district at 8:40 am.

The patrol team left Taseh Police Station in an armoured pickup truck and two motorcycles, but when they reached a level crossing about two kilometres from the police station, they were blown up by a roadside bomb.

Police Lieutenant Suebpong Sophikul was hit by shrapnel in his legs, while his colleague Chollathee Srikaew suffered a hand injury. His hearing was affected by the massive explosion.

The two were rushed to Yala Hospital.

In another incident, a defense volunteer was shot at midnight by an unknown number of insurgents in the village of Moh Turoh in Tambon Chanae, Chanae District of Narathiwat.

The 24-year-old man was identified as Erasan Hayisamoh, a tambon defense volunteer. He was shot in the head and body.

According to the Deep South Watch Database, 7,294 people have been killed and 13,550 injured in about 21,235 attacks by extremists since the southern insurgency flared from January 2004 to October 2021.

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