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On Wednesday five plain clothed police officers have been killed in Pattani’s Thung Yangdaeng district.
The police men were in a pickup truck that was being followed by a vehicle carrying five or six men. The police pulled over and tried to take cover when the killers started to fire bullets from their vehicle.
Four of the bodies of the policemen, who were part of the regional police squad that investigate smuggling, were found next to their pickup, the other was found inside.
Pol Col Kowit said the militants searched the police vehicle and stole their victims’ weapons before fleeing in a pickup truck.
More than 5,000 people have been killed in predominantly Buddhist Thailand’s three Muslim-dominated southernmost provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala since an Islamic insurgency erupted in 2004.