A Thai para-military ranger and a local villager were killed, along with three other rangers and another villager who were wounded in two related incidents in the forests of Yala, southern Thailand, this morning.
A team of para-military rangers was dispatched to the forest in Ban Kuwing, Village 6 of Tambon Baroh after they received a report that two men, who entered the forest, were shot by suspected insurgents.
As the rangers arrived at the scene of the shooting, a bomb planted nearby exploded, killing one ranger and wounding three others.
All the dead and injured victims were taken to Kabang district hospital.
Police say that one of those who entered the forest, identified as Phisit Chaisith, died from gunshot wounds while the other, Thanavuth Khemkratoke, was injured.