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Insurgents attack security checkpoint in Yala

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Bangkok: Fifteen vigilantes were killed by a group of gunmen in Yala province in southern Thailand on Tuesday night, police said Wednesday.

Eleven of the vigilantes of Thung Sadao village in Lam Phaya community in the capital district of the southern border province of Yala were found dead at a roadside sentry box, and four others were pronounced dead at hospital, said the police source attached to the National Police headquarters.

About a dozen of unknown gunmen sneaked up in the dark from a rubber plantation behind the sentry box at about 11.20 p.m. on Tuesday and fired on the unaware vigilantes.

They made off with several shotguns and other weapons of the assaulted vigilantes and set fire on tires on the road before leaving the scene.

Authorities were stepping up security measures and hunting for the unknown assailants in the southernmost province.

The attackers, in the province of Yala, also applied explosives and scattered nails on roadways to hold off pursuers.

Colonel Pramote Prom-in, spokesman for the military, said on Wednesday that “12 were being killed at the scene, two a lot more died at the clinic and a single died this early morning”. 5 other folks had been wounded, he explained to AFP information company, incorporating that the attackers took M-16 rifles and shotguns from the checkpoint

“This is possible the get the job done of the insurgents,” he explained to Reuters information company. “This is a person of the major attack in recent periods.”

There was no rapid declare of responsibility, nevertheless, as is frequent with these kinds of attacks.

Key Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha claimed the perpetrators have to “be introduced to justice”, in accordance to Defence Ministry spokesman Kongcheep Tantravanich.

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Nasa finds Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram with help of Indian engineer

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New York: NASA has found the crash site and debris of India’s Chandrayaan-2 Vikram moon lander following a tip from an Indian space enthusiast who examined pictures of the area of the moon taken by a US orbiting camera.

The site was located by Shanmuga Subramanian, who on his own scoured the pictures taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbital Camera (LROC), NASA and Arizona State University announced on Monday confirming the find.

The first mosaic image of the likely crash site made from pictures taken by the LROC on September 17 was downloaded by several people to look for signs of the Vikram, NASA said.

One of them, Subramanian, contacted the LROC project with a positive identification of debris, it said.

Arizona State University (ASU), where the LROC project is located, said: “After receiving this tip, the LROC team confirmed the identification by comparing before and after images.”

When the images for the first mosaic were acquired on September 17, the impact point was poorly illuminated and could not easily be identified, it said.

But two image sequences were acquired on October 14 and 15, and on November 11 were better.

The November mosaic shows best the impact crater, ray and extensive debris field. The three largest pieces of debris are each about 2×2 pixels and cast a one pixel shadow.

The three largest pieces of debris are each about 2×2 pixels and casts a one pixel shadow.

The university said that based on Subramanian’s tip, the LROC team scoured the surrounding area in the new mosaics and found the impact site and the debris field.

The impact site is located at 70.8810 degree S, 22.7840 degrees E, at an elevation of 834 metres, it said.

“The debris first located by Shanmuga is about 750 metres northwest of the main crash site,” ASU said.

Vikram lost contact with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) following its launch from Chandraayan-2 moon orbiter on September 6 when it tried to make a softlanding near the moon’s south pole.

In a statement NASA said: “Despite the loss, getting that close to the surface was an amazing achievement.”

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