Thai Insurgents Attack Base

    Thai police officers inspect one of the dead body of suspected insurgents who were killed when they attacked a military base in Thailand's restive southern province of Narathiwat on February, 13, 2013. Scores of heavily armed gunmen stormed a military base in unrest-plagued southern Thailand, an army spokesman said, in a major assault that left at least 16 militants dead.      AFP PHOTO /MADAREE TOHLALA        (Photo credit should read MADAREE TOHLALA/AFP/Getty Images)


    Sixteen Muslim insurgents were killed in a predawn raid on Wednesday at a military base in northern Thailand, the deadliest toll the guerrillas have suffered in nine years. Around 60 militants tried to enter the base but were stopped by gunfire from marines, who had been tipped off about their arrival. Thailand’s military said the marines suffered no casualties. While violence is common in the north, the attack of the southern base indicates an escalation of the Muslim insurgency in the Buddhist-controlled country. Wednesday’s death toll is the largest since the military stormed a mosque in 2004, killing 32.

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