The alleged militant group in Yala province, southern Thailand, killed at least 15 people and injured four in a shooting at a security post late on Thursday.
The group then used explosive devices and spread out nails to read local roads to hold off the functional forces.
"This is most likely the act of the rebels … one of the biggest attacks in recent years," Colonel Pramote Prom-in, representative of the regional security agency, said. Reuters citation.
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Malay-Muslim separatist groups are known for their attacks on security forces and monks in the southern provinces of Thailand, which they consider to be territories occupied by this Buddhist country. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to local media.
The origin of local conflicts originated in the early 20th century, when the territory of the former kingdom of Pattani became part of Siam (the former name of Thailand) which was then divided into three provinces: Naranthiwat, Pattani and Yala.
Since then, Islamic movements in these areas have repeatedly demanded a higher degree of freedom and put pressure on independence.