Teen killed in Thailand gunfight

Teen killed in Thailand gunfight
An armed member of the provincial civil defence service yesterday helps inspect a vehicle at a checkpoint in Pattani.

A 14-year-old suspect was killed when Army paramilitary rangers engaged in a gunfight with a gang of insurgents in Si Sakhon district in Narathiwat yesterday.

In a separate incident in Bannang Sata district, Yala, later in the day, insurgents blasted an Army squad with a roadside bomb, wounding one of them. In the Narathiwat shootout just before 7.30am, seven insurgents on four motorcycles opened fire on a security outpost.

After the resulting gunfight, the insurgents fled.

The dead teenager had a pistol and was lying beside a motorcycle. Police were trying to determine his identity, after learning he was a native of Narathiwat's Muang district and lived at Village Five in tambon Lamphoo.

About two hours after the gunfight, the roadside bomb in Yala went off as soldiers were on a foot patrol escorting teachers. A private was slightly wounded.

Explosives Ordnance Disposal personnel said the home-made bomb weighed 5 kilograms and was packed in a metal box and detonated by electric wiring.


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