Police, suspect hurt by bomb
Two police and a criminal case suspect were wounded yesterday after a 20kg roadside bomb went off in Yala's Muang district while officers from Pratae station transferred the suspect to Muang Yala station.
The explosion, at 10.30am on Ban Niang-Yaha road in Tambon Yala, turned the police pick-up over. Injured were Lieutenant Thanawat Boonmak, Police Sergeant Paosi Samae and suspect Assaming Adi.
Police blamed separatists. They said suspected insurgents also planted road spikes and a suspicious box on the road to slow down investigators at the scene.
Meanwhile, a villager was shot dead and his wife injured in a drive-by shooting in Sai Buri Pattani's district yesterday.
The couple, driving their pick-up home in Narathiwat at 1pm on the highway 42 (Pattani-Narathiwat), was shot by two men on a motorcycle. Nareudom Thab-ngern, 48, died instantly while his 42-year-old wife Liab Saiyos had her arm grazed by the bullet.
Police were checking to see if the shooting stemmed from a personal conflict or ongoing violence in the region.