Gunmen fire M-79 grenades at police officers in Yala province


YALA, 18 July 2014 – Five police officers were wounded and three insurgents were killed in an intense 15-minute shootout between the two sides in Yala province.

Nurses and rescue officials have quickly rushed in to evacuate Police Sergeant Major Chalerm Petchrod, who was shot in the flank of his body, causing him to be seriously wounded. Another officer, Police Corporal Chatchai Promthong was shot in the shoulder. Three other officers were also wounded from the flames that resulted from the M-79 grenade explosion. All of them were taken to the Pattani Hospital for treatment.

The attacks happened at 8:00 pm on July 17th, when a group of assailants launched an M-79 grenade at the Baan Nam Dam Police Station. A 15-minute violent gun battle then ensued between the two sides, resulting in the death of three of the attackers and causing five police officers to become wounded.