The Army on Tuesday used a helicopter to fly the bodies of two suspected insurgents from their hideout on a mountain in Narathiwat province to Narathiwat Hospital for autopsy.
The two suspects, who were believed to be leaders and who allegedly took part in several attacks including the shooting of two Buddhist monks recently, were killed in a shootout with authorities at noon on Monday.
They were identified as Ayi Yama, 37, and Sukree Mamu, 36.
They were killed while allegedly resisting arrest when a team of joint military-police team spotted their base on a mountain behind the Ilakor village in Tambon Chang Puak, Chanae district, at 12.45pm on Monday.
A team of police and troops were flown on a helicopter to check the hideout, which comprised eight makeshift houses made of canvas.
Police said Ayi was suspected of taking part in an attack that killed a family of four in Narathiwat’s Sukhirin district on June 8 last year.
Sukree was wanted for allegedly shooting and injuring a teacher in Narathiwat’s Sungai Padi district on December 4, 2012.
Colonel Issara Chanthakrayom, head of a joint taskforce in Narathiwat, said the authorities also seized an AK47 rifle and an M16 A2 rifle from the two.
Issara said the M16 was robbed from two soldiers killed by insurgents in Narathiwat’s Sungai Padi district on August 7 last year.
He said the M16 was also suspected of having been used in an attack that killed two Buddhist monks in Sungai Padi on January 18.
He said the AK47 rifle was believed to have been seized from troops after a group of insurgents detonated a roadside bomb that killed eight troops on January 14, 2008.
He said the two bodies would be released to their relatives for religious rites after the autopsy.
Narathiwat police chief Pol Maj-General Dussadee Chusangkij said he had instructed police in 13 districts of Narathiwat to step up security against possible reprisals by insurgents as the two were their key leaders.