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4 policemen killed in southern Thailand

August 16, 2013

HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — Four policemen were killed Friday in a roadside attack when an improvised bomb exploded as their vehicle passed by on a road in Thailand’s violence-plagued south, a senior police officer said.

Col. Anothai Jindamanee said suspected militants detonated the bomb in Rue So district in Narathiwat province.

He said the insurgents then opened fire and killed the four, who were heading to inspect a shooting incident in the area. The militants then took four M16 rifles and two pistols from the police vehicle.

More than 5,000 people have been killed in Thailand’s Muslim-dominated southernmost provinces since an Islamic insurgency erupted in 2004.

The deadly attack occurred as Thai authorities are struggling to engage a Muslim separatist movement in a peace dialogue facilitated by Malaysia.

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