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RKK insurgents 'trained abroad': security sources

Three insurgents killed in a gunfight on Monday wore wristwatches of the same Netherlands-based brand on their right hands, signifying their graduation from terrorist training overseas apart from self-identification among the operatives, security sources said yesterday.

Citing confessions allegedly made by Runda Kumpulan Kecil (RKK) commandos in custody, security sources said there were at least six operatives in each of the roughly 500 villages in the three southernmost provinces, or around 3,000 active highly skilled insurgents ready for operation.

Under the RKK's ultimate objective, each group of operatives is required to carry out at least one attack every month - 500 incidents each month, or 6,000 a year.

However, as a result of effective operations by security authorities, many cells have defected, given up their ideology or been disabled, while those continuing are not capable of carrying out attacks as frequently as they would wish to, the sources added.

Meanwhile, one more victim of the car-bomb attack in Yala's Betong district was pronounced dead, bringing the death toll to three. The latest victim was identified as Raifa Saelee, 28, from Chiang Rai.




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