2 insurgents killed by forces in clashes in Thai deep south

Source: Xinhua| 2020-09-07 18:19:44|Editor: huaxia

BANGKOK, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- Two militants died in clashes with rangers and soldiers in Thailand's southern province of Songkhla, according to Thai media on Monday.

The clashes between militants and Thai forces occurred on Sunday night in which four rangers were injured.

One of the militants, according to Thai media, was wanted by Thai authorities for a string of robberies, including last year's gold shop heist in which they stole more than 60 million baht (1.9 million U.S. dollars) in gold ornaments. He was also alleged to have been involved in the attack on an outpost in Pattani province in July last year, in which four Thai defense volunteers were shot dead.

The other militant was suspected of being involved in a bomb attack near a school in the Thailand's restive southern province of Pattani back in 2013.

He was also a suspect involved in a bomb explosion on a road in Songkhla Province in February this year, in which 10 people were injured.

The Thai Army did not reveal the details of clashes, however, stated that security forces are still hunting for other militants involved, many of whom escaped after the clashes on Sunday.

Thailand's southern insurgency has been prevalent for 15 years. Enditem