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Roadside bomb kills soldier in southern Thailand

Roadside bomb kills soldier in southern Thailand

Suspected Muslim insurgents detonated a roadside bomb Tuesday in southern Thailand, killing one soldier, while a separate gun and bomb attack wounded eight, an army officer said.
The attacks appeared to be the latest in a growing Muslim insurgency in predominantly Buddhist Thailand's three southernmost provinces.
Four soldiers were on a foot patrol in Pattani province when a small homemade bomb went off, army spokesman Col. Parinya Chaidilok said. Three of the soldiers were unharmed, but the fourth was killed.
Another roadside bomb wounded two soldiers, two police officers and three civil servants in a separate incident in nearby Narathiwat province, Parinya said. The bomb went off when officers were investigating a drive-by shooting in which another civil servant was critically wounded.
"The insurgents lured security officers to investigate the crime scene before detonating the explosive, which was hidden on the roadside," Parinya said.
More than 3,500 people have been killed in southern Thailand since the violent separatist movement flared up in January 2004.
Last month, at least 36 people were killed and more than 100 were wounded in violence in the Muslim-dominated region. The most deadly recent incident was the killing of 10 Muslims at a mosque in Narathiwat province on June 8.
Some Thai authorities blamed the mosque attack on insurgents, claiming it was meant to inflame tensions between the Muslim and Buddhist communities.
The insurgents make no public pronouncements, but they are thought to be fighting to carve out an independent Muslim state in the three southern provinces. While many there do not support the rebels, there is widespread distrust among Muslims of the predominantly Buddhist Thai authorities.


Updated : 2021-04-13 19:43 GMT+08:00