Forces in pursuit of insurgents who murdered volunteer rangers in Pattani

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PATTANI, 4 June 2014, – A combined security force was dispatched across the Saiburi District of Pattani after two volunteer Army rangers were shot dead by a group of unidentified perpetrators as the two were riding motorcycles to patrol the Narathiwat-Pattani Route.

Officials conducted searches of residences in the district within a 1 km radius from where the shootings took place, while also contacting various medical facilities in the area to be on the look out for the suspects as they were reportedly wounded in the assault.

Several rangers patrolled various routes in Kapho District and discovered a couple of 3 meter deep holes on Tungyangdaeng – Saiburi Road. Authorities suspects separatists were behind the earth works, reckoning that the holes were to be used by separatists to conceal bombs.

Meanwhile in Yala, officials reported a man killed in his home in Bunnungsata District. They suspected the incident was an attempt by insurgents to intimidate the local people but did not rule out a personal conflict as the cause of his death.