PATTANI (Thailand): Suspected Muslim insurgents shot dead five paramilitary rangers in southern Thailand on Thursday after blowing up their pick-up truck with a bomb, police said, the latest unrest in the troubled region bordering Malaysia.
The insurgents used a wire to detonate a 15-kg (33-lb) bomb under the truck carrying six rangers in Pattani's Kapor district and then emerged from woods and shot the men after the truck flipped over, police said. One of the rangers was wounded.
The gunmen also seized the rangers' M-16 assault rifles.
More than 4,600 people have been killed in seven years of unrest as ethnic Malay Muslims fight for autonomy from Thailand's Buddhist majority in the region just a few hours by car from some of Thailand's best-known tourist beaches.