3 police killed by insurgents in far South

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YALA, July 11 — The deputy police superintendent of Krong Pinang district police station in this violence-plagued southern province and two subordinates were killed, and one villager was wounded when insurgents ambushed a police van early today.

Police said Pol Lt Col Adinand Ismael and two officers under his command were travelling in the van after attending prayers at a mosque in a Krong Pinang district village.

Police said at least 10 insurgents hiding in a roadside rubber plantation sprayed gunfire at the van.

Another group of police officers posted nearby rushed to the scene of attack and exchanged gunfire with the insurgents for about 10 minutes before the attackers retreated.

Police later searched the area and found the three dead police officers and the wounded villager who lives in the area.