Insurgents lob grenades into police station
Six policemen in Pattani's Kapho Police Station were wounded after three M-79 grenades were lobbed into the precinct's compound yesterday evening.It is believed that insurgents took advantage of lax security because police officers were playing sports inside the compound. The grenades landed on a police truck, but injuries sustained by the six officers are not serious.
A manhunt is underway to locate the attackers, who are believed to be hiding in the overgrown area behind the police station.
Earlier yesterday, two soldiers were injured in two other bomb attacks in the province.
The first explosion took place at 7.40am in Kapho district and was allegedly aimed at a mounted patrol carrying six soldiers. Nobody was injured.
The second bomb went off at about 8am and injured two soldiers patrolling on foot in Khok Pho district. The soldiers were part of a protection unit escorting teachers.
Meanwhile, a bronze Honda Civic sedan was seized from a garage in Yala's Muang district late on Thursday night over suspicion that it was being installed with explosives.
Garage owner Wae-u-seng Simayo said the vehicle, which carries a Malaysian licence plate, belonged to a man he only knew as Yi, who had brought it to the garage two days ago.
Wae-u-seng and security officials later tried to contact Yi, but he could not be reached.
The authorities have released a list of five vehicles and are looking out for two other cars that they believe might be used as car bombs for insurgent attacks.
The Honda sedan they have seized is not on the list nor does it match the other two vehicles.