HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) -- Police say a woman was killed and 22 other civilians were wounded when a hidden bomb exploded in a commercial district in Thailand's insurgency-plagued south.
Police Col. Wasan Phuangnoi says suspected insurgents detonated an improvised bomb that was hidden in a pickup truck parked across from a hotel in Betong district in Yala province.
He said a woman was killed and 22 other civilians were wounded. Wasan said the explosion on Friday also damaged other vehicles and set fire on buildings.
More than 5,000 people have been killed in Thailand's three Muslim-dominated southernmost provinces since an Islamic insurgency erupted in 2004.
The insurgents often target soldiers, police and civil servants, but civilians, both Buddhist and Muslim, bear the brunt of their attacks.