Nineteen rangers, soldiers and police officers were injured on Thursday morning when insurgents in southern Yala province launched a double bomb attack.
Rangers patrolling Moo 1 village in Tambon Katong in Yaha were ambushed in the first attack at 9.26am and briefly exchanged gunfire with the assailants.
Two rangers – Sgt Thanet Puttho and Pvt Avudh Uppapong – were wounded.
Police, soldiers and bomb-disposal specialists arrived on the scene about 20 minutes later and were securing the area when a second bomb was detonated.
Fifteen more officials were wounded, four severely, and taken to hospital.
Another bomb had exploded at 7am in Kabang district, but only damaged a utility pole.