BANGKOK — Fifteen people have been killed and four wounded in an attack in southern Thailand, a defense ministry spokesman said Wednesday.

An unknown number of attackers armed with grenades and rifles stormed a village and killed 15 people and injured four others late Tuesday, Kongcheep Tantrawanit said.

He added that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha strongly condemned the attack and has ordered authorities to quickly capture the gunmen.

Thailand’s three southernmost provinces of Yala, Narathiwat, and Pattani have been plagued by a separatist insurgency. The Southeast Asian country is a predominantly Buddhist, but most of the population in the south is Muslim. The insurgency has killed 7,000 people since 2004.


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