February 13th, 2013
03:13 AM ET

Thai forces thwart attack on military base, killing 16 insurgents

Sixteen insurgents were killed during a fierce battle after they attacked a military base in a restive area of southern Thailand early Wednesday, authorities said.

Thai military officials said 50 to 60 heavily armed attackers tried to storm the navy base in the province of Narathiwat under cover of darkness, but navy personnel had been forewarned and fought the insurgents off in an intense, hour-long firefight.

It appeared to be the latest flare-up in a worsening conflict between government forces and Muslim separatists in southern Thailand in which more than 5,000 people are believed to have been killed since 2004.

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  1. Ed

    Excellent. Good job, Thai army. It sounds so familiar. A handful of Muslim terrorists attacked a Naval base in Pakistan and took over the base for many days. Perhaps Pakistan can learn a lesson from Thailand.

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