In this May 29, 2014 file photo, Thai soldiers march while changing positions with fellow soldiers on a street in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong, File)
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Four militants and one soldier were killed in Thailand's insurgency-plagued deep south Wednesday, police said, during an intense jungle gunbattle.More than 6,500 people have died – the majority civilians – since 2004 in fighting between Malay Muslim rebels and Thai troops and police who blanket the area.In April insurgents briefly seized a hospital and used it to launch an attack on nearby troops during a night of multiple coordinated assaults.The Bangkok Post, quoting army officers, said two of the insurgents killed in Wednesday's gunbattle were wanted for their alleged involvement in that hospital siege.
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