Bomb in southern Thailand injures six rangers
Six army and volunteer rangers were injured in an explosion and ensuing gunfight while on patrol in Narathiwat province yesterday morning. The bomb exploded while the rangers were traveling in an armored vehicle.

Sgt Abdulrahim, the unit leader, said that the armored vehicle's rear wheels became stuck in the blast crater after the bomb went off. He ordered his men to leave the vehicle and take cover. The rangers then engaged in a 15-minute gun battle with suspected terrorists militants who were hiding in roadside bushes. The attackers fled after back-up was called.

Investigators said the bomb was placed inside a gas cylinder. A 150-meter long wire was found linking the bomb to nearby bushes.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Phongthep Thepkanchana yesterday said that security measures for teachers will be extended to cover their homes, travel routes and schools. He said, teachers will need to inform officials in advance if they are leaving their protection zones, adding that security units will be deployed to schools on a case-by-base basis.
Posted by: ryuge 2012-12-15