A spate of bomb and gun attacks in southern Thailand left eight people dead despite peace efforts.
NARATHIWAT – Two teachers were killed, and another teacher as well as two police officers were wounded in a bombing ambush in this restive southern province as the army chief visited a nearby violence-plagued area today.
The latest insurgent attack occurred this morning as a bomb exploded at a police car parked in front of Chanae Hospital. The dead, both women, were identified as Ms Naheeha Yeera and Ms Nusayahan A-wae, and both taught at Pithakwitthaya School.
Initial investigation found the explosion of the 12-kilogramme homemade bomb caused a two-feet deep hole and threw off police car 50 metres away from the blast scene.
The injured teacher and police officers were sent to Chanae Hospital, while schools in the area announced their temporary closure amid fears of further attacks.
The incident took place as army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha today visited army personnel in nearby Yala province to follow up security operations.
Gen Prayuth said investigation is underway to determine which insurgent groups made the attacks during this period.
Thai security agencies and the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) militant group earlier agreed to reduce violence in Thailand’s deep South during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. The attacks, however, have continued in the southern border provinces.
Gen Prayuth noted that during the first 14 days of Ramadan, the number of insurgent attacks decreased year-on-year, but there is yet no evaluation of the overall peace in the region as the fasting period has not yet ended