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Southeast Asia
Soldier killed, 5 hurt in southern Thailand
A soldier was killed and five others wounded in an ambush on the outskirts of a village in Pattani province early yesterday morning.

Six soldiers in a military truck were fired at by terrorists militants. At least two gunmen on a motorcycle were waiting for the truck to pass on a bridge in a village bordering Muang district. When the truck approached the bridge, the men sprayed bullets at the vehicle, woundng the six soldiers on board. The soldiers drove away and returned fire briefly as they did so. The gunmen later fled.

The gunfight left the six soldiers wounded, two of them seriously. One of them later died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Investigators recovered spent bullet casings from the scene to determine the weapons used. The army truck will also be examined. Its front windshield and doors on both sides were riddled with bullet holes. There were pools of blood inside the passenger compartment.

An intelligence report suggests attacks against security forces are likely to intensify this year.

Meanwhile, a former terrorist insurgent has urged anyone thinking of joining separatist movements to reconsider.

Mukta Leekaji, a representative of a group of former terrorists insurgents who recently turned themselves in to authorities, yesterday called on active terrorists insurgents and their sympathisers to stop using violence.

He said he and his friends had earlier been persuaded to join terror insurgency movements. He said that matters only worsened once they did so. Some of his friends lost their lives in violent attacks, causing hardship to their families.

Mr Mukta spoke during a peace-building event held by the Fourth Army in Pattani yesterday. More than 1,200 Islamic leaders, local leaders and former terrorists insurgents attended.

One killed, one injured in Narathiwat attacks

A woman was killed and another seriously injured in two separate gun attacks in Narathiwat province on Saturday night.

The first attack occurred at 6:20 p.m. in Si Sakhon district when the pillion rider of a motorcycle opened fire with an AK-47 rifle at the kitchen of a defense volunteer's base, intending to kill some volunteers standing nearby. The gun shots missed the volunteers but hit Anchalee Laochan, 23, the wife of a defense volunteer, killing her instantly.

The other incident which took place at 6:25 p.m. in front of a garment factory at Ban Yalaebo. Nipataya Awae, 19, was shot in the back while driving home on a motorcle by the pillion rider of another motorcycle which followed her from a market in Rueso district town.

Ms Nipataya was seriously injured.
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