Gunfight erupts in Thai south, four rebels dead

January 30, 2012 09:18

YALA, Thailand - Troops killed four suspected insurgents during a gunfight in Thailand's restive Muslim southernmost provinces, the military said on Monday, the latest unrest in a region plagued by years of separatist violence.

The four men were shot dead late on Sunday and three others wounded when a gunbattle broke out during an inspection of a pickup truck by soldiers manning a checkpoint in Pattani province, 1055 km (655 miles) south of Bangkok.

As troops approached the truck, a pair of unknown gunmen appeared from behind the vehicle and opened fire before fleeing on a motorcycle, said Akara Thiproj, the regional army spokesman said.

The four suspected insurgents who were killed were in the back of the truck. An assault rifle was also found there.

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