Security forces killed two suspected insurgents in clashes which occurred in Chana and Thepha districts (Songkhla province) during the evening of Sunday, September 6. Security forces deployed to the area adjoining the two districts following reports that four insurgents had arrived in the area on motorcycles. The suspects attempted to flee following an interception attempt, leading to clashes in the Ko Saba area in Thepha district following a pursuit.
Further security operations are possible in the area in the near term.
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, including local residents, civil servants, in addition to others perceived to have links to the Thai government, and many more wounded in near-daily clashes and assassinations.
Those in Songkhla provinces should monitor local media sources for further updates on the incident and any associated security operations. Travelers in Thailand's deep south are advised to maintain good situational awareness at all times and subject all overland travel to comprehensive security risk management protocols. Any suspicious items or activity should be immediately reported to security forces.
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