Two soldiers have been shot dead and three people injured in a gun attack on an army checkpoint in south Thailand.
The pre-dawn attack, near the southern border of Narathiwat province, has been blamed on Islamist insurgents.
At least 10 rebels are reported to have opened fire on the checkpoint before fleeing in pickup trucks. [...]
Insurgents usually target people they perceive to be collaborating with the Bangkok government – using bomb blasts, beheadings and shootings.
They have also tried to force Buddhist residents from the area, with the aim of ultimately establishing a separate Islamic state.