Two rangers killed in ambush

NARATHIWAT — Two rangers were killed and five others injured in an ambush by suspected militants in Si Sakhon district on Sunday night.

The attack occurred at about 7pm when a group of soldiers from the 49th Ranger Regiment were heading back to their base in a pickup truck. They had been to a sporting event at an Islamic religious school in the area and were driving along a road that went past Moo 5 village of tambon Kalong.  

Police said an unknown number of armed militants hiding on both sides of the road, which runs through a dense rubber plantation, opened fire at the pickup and a 5-minute gunfight ensued. The insurgents fled when reinforcements arrived.  

Seven soldiers were injured in the ambush and were sent to Si Sakhon and Rue So hospitals, where two paramilitary rangers — Nattapong Pimrat and Wissanu Nuankaew — later succumbed to their wounds.

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