On the evening (local time) of Monday, February 4, suspected separatist militants opened fire on a police officer riding a motorcycle near the entrance of a police post located in the Sungai Kolok district of the southern Narathiwat province. While the police officer sustained injuries, a civilian passing by in the area was killed.
An ethnic and religious separatist insurgency is ongoing in the four southernmost 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-Malaysian border. Since 2001, over 7000 people have been killed (e.g. local residents, civil servants, security personnel, militants) and many more wounded 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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