Patani freedom fighter shot dead three police officers in an ambush in Yala province.

A group of attackers opened fire late Thursday on a pickup truck carrying three police officers in Krong Penang district,

A local Muslim leader who was standing in front of a mosque near the ambush scene was also wounded in the attack.

The victims included a deputy district police commander and other two officers.

More than 5,000 people have been killed in Thailand’s three Muslim-dominated southernmost provinces since an Islamic insurgency erupted in 2004.