Two military outposts in Thailand’s predominantly Muslim South have been raided by two groups of armed men who killed five marines before stealing weapons, sending shockwaves throughout the provinces. The armed men attacked outposts in Yala and Narathiwat provinces simultaneously and stole more than 30 military weapons about 3 am on Monday. Thailand’s five southernmost provinces are already reeling from the violent deaths of more than 20 police officers in the past year, and are now trying to come to terms with the mob lynching of another two on Saturday. ‘It appeared to be a well-coordinated operation,’ said Marine Lieutenant Ploy Thanthong, who survived the attack at the Narathiwat outpost. ‘They shut down the electricity and immediately afterwards sprayed bullets from automatic rifles at the installations where the marines were sleeping,’ he said. Full Story
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