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Bomb Detonated by Muslim Insurgents Kills Two Soldiers in Southern Thailand



Bomb detonated by Muslim insurgents Kills Two Soldiers in Narathiwat Province

Thai bomb squad inspecting the site of a roadside bomb attack by suspected separatist Muslim militants.


NARATHIWAT – Two soldiers were killed and two others injured in a bomb blast in Thailand’s Muslim-majority deep south, police said Thursday, the latest deaths from a recent uptick in violence in the insurgency-plagued region.

The bomb exploded in Chanae district, Narathiwat province, on Wednesday afternoon after the bomb was remotely detonated as the convoy rolled past, police said.

“Two soldiers died instantly at the blast site and of the five others injured two are in critical condition,” Colonel Chumpol Nakapaksin, superintendent of Chanae district police told AFP by telephone.

Hours before the soldiers were killed on Wednesday, a Muslim man was found shot dead in his car in nearby Sri Sakhon district, police said. Two others were shot and injured later that evening at their home in the province.

Last week four people were shot dead in a 24-hour period including a Buddhist rubber tapper whose corpse was then set alight.

Colonel Pasit Chanlekha, chief of the 46th paramilitary ranger regiment said three suspects, believed to be subordinates of the insurgent cell led by Adul-Harem Jehtu, have been taken into custody in relation to the attack.
Meanwhile, unrest in the South continued early yesterday morning, when an unknown culprit on a pickup truck opened fire at Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand worker Torsit Phetchsong’s rented house in Narathiwat’s Muang district.

Though nobody was injured, Torsit’s pickup truck was riddled with bullet holes.

In Sungai Padi district, a motorcycle was found to have been doused with petrol and set alight at a rubber plantation.

Police investigation found that it belonged to Muang district resident who said that he had stopped using the vehicle since 2010.


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