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Shootout in Thailand’s turbulent south results in three deaths

At least three people were killed and another four injured in a shoot-out between security forces and suspected insurgents in Thailand’s troubled southern province of Yala on Thursday.

The violence broke out after security forces intercepted a vehicle in the Maung district of Yala province. The suspected insurgents opened fire on the security forces, prompting them to return fire. Three people were killed and four others injured in the exchange.

The area has been the scene of frequent clashes between security forces and insurgents since 2004, when a separatist insurgency erupted in the three southernmost provinces of Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani.

The insurgency has killed more than 7,000 people, mostly civilians. The government has been trying to negotiate a peace deal with the insurgents, but talks have yet to bear fruit.