Bombings injure four police, two soldiers in southern Thailand
Two separate bomb attacks have wounded four policemen and two soldiers in Pattani province.
In Khok Pho district, a motorcycle bomb exploded while an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) unit vehicle was heading down a local road. The blast wounded four EOD officers in the vehicle and damaged their equipment.
The same team had been earlier called to a rubber plantation after villager Suedi Samae, 41, was gunned down while he was tapping rubber plants early yesterday morning.
The four policemen are the latest victims of
terrorist militant groups, who have recently targeted security forces. Earlier on Friday evening, two soldiers, stationed at a marine corps outpost in Sai Buri district, were also injured by a home-made grenade.
An unidentified man on a motorcycle threw the grenade over the outpost's wall while Pvt Wanchaloem Onsong, 22, and Pvt Demae I-tae, 22, were on duty.
Almost simultaneously in the same district, a man identified as Mueli Pochi, 55, was gunned down while sleeping in his pickup truck parked at a market. Police are investigating whether he was killed by an
terrorist insurgent group.
The situation in Pattani has authorities on full alert, especially after a report that
terrorists rebels are planning more car bombings.
terrorist militant attacks in the deep South have been reported since Ramadan started. Ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra does not blame the government for the increasing attacks; he sees them as "seasonal violence". In an interview, Thaksin cited statistics that showed attacks tend to be more frequent during Ramadan. He said things would return to normal after the end of Ramadan.
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