Ambush in Thailand Kills Two, Injures Nine

Unknown gunmen ambushed Thai soldiers in Narathiwat, southern Thailand, on Sunday night, resulting in two deaths and nine injuries.

Police claim the victims were on their way back from observing an arch for the holy month of Ramadan, driving back in two trucks.

The ambush happened in Ban Belukar village 6, in the tambon Batong of the Rueso district of Narathiwat province

The men who were killed have been identified as Wittaya Puangngam, 30, and Prakong Suttanag, 48 both volunteer defense personnel. The nine injured were soldiers. 

Local police have blamed ethnic Malay insurgency, claiming attacks are more common within the last 10 days of Ramadan. 

Security forces will begin an investigation and track down the gunmen responsible. 

The Chief of the Fourth Army Region, Lt. General Santi Sakuntanak, said the families of the victims were entitled to full compensation under existing rules.