A car is inspected by armed civil defence volunteers and police at a checkpoint in the southern province of Narathiwat on November 6, 2019, after 15 people were killed and another five injured in attacks by suspected Muslim militants in Yala province last night. – At least fifteen people were gunned down in an ambush by suspected Muslim militants in Thailand’s violence-wracked south, an army spokesman said on November 6, one of the bloodiest days in the 15-year insurgency. (Photo by Madaree TOHLALA / AFP)Seven suspected rebels have been arrested in Thailand’s violence-wracked south, authorities said Saturday, as a manhunt sweeps through remote villages for gunmen who killed 15 in an ambush considered the deadliest attack in the yearslong insurgency.
Thailand’s three southernmost provinces have been in the grip of a simmering 15-year conflict that has killed more than 7,000 people, the majority civilians, as Malay-Muslim militants fight for more autonomy from the Thai state.
The fighting is characterised by tit-for-tat attacks that usually target symbols of the mostly Buddhist Thai state and its security forces.