Insurgent suspect killed in clash with army rangers

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NARATHIWAT, April 30 – A presumed insurgent was shot dead during a clash of unidentified armed men with an Army Ranger patrol on a mountain in the southern province of Narathiwat.

About 30 Army Rangers searched Ailakor mountain in Chanae district Tuesday morning following a tip-off that it is a hide-out of members of the Runda Kumpulan Kecil (RKK) insurgent group.

After a three-hour walk, the army unit found six men in a group of three huts.After the 10 minute exchange of gunfire, a man identified as Mahama Suekueree Moheng, 28, a Narathiwat native was killed and a gun was lying near his body.

One shelter was found to be a radio communications room with equipment for wiretapping. The army personnel seized a few weapons, including an M16 assault rifle and a 9mm pistol found to be stolen from an army camp in Narathiwat in 2004.