Six dead in shoot-out in restive Thai south
BANGKOK (AFP) - Six people including two policemen were shot dead in a fierce gunbattle between Thai security forces and militants, authorities said on Sunday, after a raid in the insurgency-plagued south of the country.
The clash broke out after a combined army, police and paramilitary group tried to search a village in Narathiwat, one of several conflict-prone provinces in the Muslim-majority region, on Saturday afternoon.
"It was quite a big gunbattle which lasted a long time," southern army spokesman Colonel Pramote Prom-In told AFP.
"The dead were on our wanted lists," he said, adding that a further seven suspects with warrants issued for them were also arrested in the raid.