A group of Patani army attacked a Thai military checkpoint in the southern border-province of Narathiwat last night

According to Thai police, the militants began shooting at soldiers who were manning the checkpoint during a heavy rainstorm in Sugai Kolok district .at around 10 pm last night.

The soldiers reportedly shot back at the suspected insurgents, who eventually retreated. No injuries have been reported.

The militants left behind one homemade explosive, which soldiers disposed of this morning, said Pol.Col. Kong-at Suwannakham, superintendent of Sugai Kolok Police Station.

Police suspect the gunmen were members of a separatist movement that has claimed more than 6,000 lives in the southern provinces of Narathiwat, Yala, and Pattani – a region known as the Deep South. The insurgents are seeking to revive the Islamic state of Patani, which was annexed by Thailand in the early 20th century.