Three police officers were killed in two separate incidents in the troubled southern province of Narathiwat yesterday.
Two police officers were killed and four others injured when a pickup truck they were traveling in was blown up by an explosive device detonated remotely, believed to be by insurgents in Janae district.
In a separate incident, in the Bajoh district of Narathiwat, a paramilitary ranger was shot and fatally wounded by a suspected insurgent as he approached a shelter in the jungle.
Police said the explosive was buried in a drain pipe under a road in Ban Nam Won, Chang Phuek Subdistrict of Janae District, by insurgents. When a convoy of two pickup trucks, carrying several police officers, passed the spot, the insurgents detonated the device.
The explosion hit one of the pick-ups, killing two police officers and injuring four others. All six victims were rushed to Janae County Hospital.
In Bajoh district, a Marine Special Operations unit was sent to the forest, in village 6 of Barae Tai sub-district, after the naval base received a tip from a villager that some insurgents were taking refuge there.
As the unit approached the hideout, the insurgents opened fire with automatic weapons, fatally wounding a ranger, who later died at the provincial hospital.
Reinforcements have since been sent on the spot to track down the insurgents, probably about six insurgents.
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