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Rubber farmer hurt

A rubber farmer was injured when a home-made mine exploded yesterday in Narathiwat's Rangae district in what police suspect was an attack by insurgents.

The explosion, which took place at 4.40am at a rubber plantation in tambon Tanyong Limo, injured 60-year-old Chid Rattanaphrom's leg. Police said insurgents aimed to kill and threaten Buddhists so they leave the area.

A few hours later marine officers destroyed two bombs, which suspected insurgents had planted at a site in tambon Sala Mai in Narathiwat's Tak Bai district, where they had erected a banner attacking the government.

It is suspected insurgents planned to detonate the bombs when state officials removed the banner.

In Yala's Raman district, a chicken reportedly detonated a mine on Raman-Tha Thong Road in tambon Kayu Bokoh at 8.05am yesterday but no-one was injured. The home-made mine was reportedly planted in an attempt to harm state officials when they removed a banner critical of the government but no one went near it. A fake bomb was discovered at a bridge about 100 metres from the site of the blast.

Police believe the bomb was planted by a group led by wanted insurgent suspect Sofwan Sama.

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