Four people, including two security force members, were killed in three separate attacks carried out on Sunday, November 25, in the restive south of the country. The attacks occurred in the Thepha district of Songkhla province and in the Sai Buri district of Pattani province. All four were killed by gunfire. Additionally, on November 26, an explosive device concealed inside a traffic cone injured a paramilitary ranger in the Yaha district of Narathiwat province. These attacks serve as a reminder of the ongoing insurgency in the area; such attacks are part of the daily security environment.
An ethnic and religious separatist insurgency is ongoing in the four southern-most provinces of Thailand - Songkhla, Pattani, Narathiwat, and Yala - which make up the historical Malay Patani region and are located in the extreme south of the country along the Thai-Malaysia border. Since 2001, over 7000 people have been killed (local residents, civil servants, security personnel, militants) and many more injured in near-daily clashes and assassinations.
As a reminder, some Western governments advise against nonessential travel to Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, and the south of Songkhla. Individuals in these areas should remain cautious and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.
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