Seven killed, 11 injured in attacks across southern Thailand
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has voiced support for a curfew in the deep South after a string of attacks killed five soldiers and two other people in the region yesterday. Another 11 people, both military and civilian, were also wounded, including three children.
In the deadliest attack, five soldiers were killed in a combined bomb and gun attack in Yala province. Six soldiers were traveling in a truck in Raman district yesterday morning when they were attacked, first by a car bomb and then by gunmen. Five of the soldiers were killed in the attack, and the sixth injured. Two rubber-tappers working nearby were also wounded.
The attack on the soldiers occurred at 7:05 a.m. yesterday. As they drove to pick up the farm workers, the soldiers found their route blocked by a pickup truck. The truck was loaded with a homemade bomb which was detonated by
terrorists militants hiding nearby.
The blast overturned the soldiers' truck, and then another pickup carrying six armed men arrived at the scene. The
terrorists militants gunned down five of the soldiers, stole their weapons and fled.
Investigators found an ID card belonging to a teenager from Narathiwat's Rueso district at the scene. He was brought in for questioning.
Police said the truck armed with the bomb may have belonged to Somsak Kwanma, a teacher from Pattani's Mayo district, who was gunned down on Dec 11. Somsak's killers stole his vehicle after the attack.
About 2 p.m. yesterday a group of eight rangers was attacked by
terrorists militants in Narathiwat's Rangae district. The rangers' pickup truck was flipped over by a blast from a bomb planted on a local road. Four of the rangers were wounded and taken to the the hospital.
In Pattani province, two people were gunned down and four others, including three children, were wounded in separate shooting attacks.
The first incident took place during the early hours yesterday in Yaring district. Lateh Awae was shot twice in the head and died in front of his house.
About 1 p.m., police were alerted to the fatal shooting of a man on a local road in Sai Buri district. The victim was identified as Kriangsak Sermsarngsuk, a merchant from Bangkok. He was found dead in the driver's seat of a car with several gunshot wounds. Witnesses said two men on a motorcycle followed the victim's car and the pillion rider opened fire at him.
In Nong Chik district, four people, including three children, were injured after suspected
terrorists insurgents sprayed bullets at several houses about 6 p.m.
In response to the news, Ms Yingluck expressed her support for Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung's call for a curfew to be imposed. Mr Chalerm advised the curfew, covering limited areas of the far South, on Wednesday after the murders of two farmers in Pattani and four fruit traders in Yala last week.
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