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Four Injured by Insurgent Bomb Attacks in Southern Thailand

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SONGKHLA – Two police officers were wounded in a car bomb attack in Songkhla and in another bombing in Pattani, a private and a student were injured.

The car bomb occurred near the Huay Pling police station and a special unit of border petrol police in Thepa district.

The powerful explosion was heard 10km away and destroyed a transformer, causing a blackout in a wide area. Shrapnel was scattered in the radius of 300 km.

Pol Lt Somnuk Kaewmun and Pol Capt Sineenart Kongphut were injured and sent to hospital.

Col Pramote Prom-in, spokesman of the forward command of the Internal Security Operations Command Region 4 told TNA that the remote-controlled bombs were assembled in two gas cylinders and placed in the Songkhla-registered pick-up truck, which is believed to park at the bomb site at dawn today. An Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team inspected the site and found the bomb weigh about 50 kg.

The vehicle owner, 62, was killed and hanged last night in Saba Yoi district. His vehicle was stolen and used by assailants to stage the car bomb attack. The police believed the attack is the work of an insurgent group, active in the area.

Another bomb incident in Pattani’s Yarang district wounded two persons, Private 1st Class Sarawut Amamun, 28 and a 12-year-old student Nuraeman Naesae. The bomb, targeting a teacher protection unit was hidden in a flower pot outside the local office of the Non-Formal and Informal Education.