Five police officers killed in ambush in troubled southern Thailand

Sept. 12, 2013 at 3:15 PM

BANGKOK, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Five police officers died Wednesday in an ambush in southern Thailand, a military spokesman says.

The officers were on patrol in Yala province when their vehicle was overtaken by a pickup carrying the gunman, the Thai news agency MCOT reported Wednesday.

Col. Pramote Prom-in, a spokesman for the 4th Region of the Internal Security Operations Command, said the gunmen opened fire, killing all the officers. He attributed the ambush to a crackdown on oil smuggling in the region.

The attack occurred one day after two police officers were killed in a bomb blast at a school security guard booth in the same province.

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