Two policemen were killed when a group of Muslim insurgents ambushed their patrol unit in Narathiwat's Tak Bai district late Saturday night.
The shooting occurred in front of the village stadium of Moo 9 village in Tambon Jehhe at about 11:30 pm, police said.
The two slain policemen were identified as Pol CPL Suwit Thaweeta and Pol Lance CPL Winai Khaosai.
The two and four other policemen were patrolling the road on three motorcycles when they were fired at by insurgents. The two sides exchanged gunfire for about five minutes before the insurgents retreated.