A motorcycle bomb exploded in Pattani yesterday, killing one villager and wounding three others including two soldiers, though a homemade bomb found in Narathiwat on Wednesday was defused in time.
Though the Pattani bomb attack was targeted at a squad of soldiers travelling on a pickup truck, it also hit two civilians nearby and damaged two motorcycles. The wounds sustained by the three men are not serious.
The Honda Wave motorcycle, which contained the 5kilogram bomb, had recently been reported as stolen, police said, adding that the explosive had been triggered through a twoway radio.
Three previous bomb attacks had been carried out at or near the explosion site, located off Route 410 near Kahong cemetery, police added.
In Narathiwat, ordnance officials defused a homemade bomb attached to a power pole after it was detected by a squad of paramilitary rangers who were on footpatrol in Rangae district.
The bomb, consisting of 20kg of explosives mixed in with petrolsoaked fertilisers, shrapnel created from pieces of steel and housed in a cooking gas cylinder, could have hurt people in a 50metre radius, police said.
Deputy Prime Minister Yuthasak Sasiprapha, who is currently on a visit to the deep South, said the government’s threeyear plan to solve problems in the South was heading in the right direction and that it would be evaluated once the emergency law comes to an end in June.
He said that people affected by authorities’ mistakes, crime and abuse, as well as those mistakenly killed or innocents who died in custody, were entitled to the same amount of compensation as victims of political turmoil. The issue is being sorted out by the military, the Interior Ministry and the Internal Security Operations Command, he added.