SONGKHLA – As Thailand’s political factions struggle to appoint a new Prime Minister after highly controversial elections, southern Islamic insurgents have once again started attacks on Thai security personnel.
On Sunday evening a policeman was killed and four others were injured when a bomb placed in a bunker sandbag at the security booth was detonated in Chana district of Songkhla province.
The impact killed Pol Sen Sgt Maj Kosol Kongsawat instantly and injured Pol Lt Nipol Kaeonu, Pol Sen Sgt Maj Chamnan Sukmee, Pol Sen Sgt Maj Siri Thongthep and a woman.
Police said the bomb weighed about 15 kilograms and was fortified with chopped steel rods before being placed in the sandbag.
At 9pm, bomb experts combed the scene and the body of Pol Sen Sgt Maj Kosol was retrieved.
In Narathiwat, two pillion riders on two motorcycles fired seven shots and killed paramilitary rangers Somchai Chernchompu and Muhamadsawan Masae on a road in Ban Buenae Peeyae of tambon Palu Kasamoh.
The two paramilitary rangers were returning from a flea market where they bought food, and the attackers followed them.
National police chief Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda said on Monday that the Islamic insurgents were escalating attacks at the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. He ordered police to intensify their security measures.
Meanwhile, a 14-year-old boy was killed and four military rangers wounded in a motorcycle bomb attack near a fresh market in Nong Chik district of Pattani Monday afternoon, police said.
The teenager was identified as Aiyadilfitli Yoko, a resident of tambon Bo Thong. The four rangers were Sgt Maj 1st Class Somphon Limprasoet, Chirasak Kaeo-nopparat, Saidi Yako and Apichat Rakdi.
They were all rushed to Nong Chik Hospital, police said.
Sgt Maj Somphon was unconscious when he arrived whereas the other sustained minor injuries.
Police said the impact of the explosion damaged cars and motorcycles parked nearby.
More unrest is feared in the final week of Ramadan