Three people were slightly wounded yesterday in a bomb attack outside a hospital in Pattani's tambon Mayor.
They were identified as Rorsedah Tayae, 25, her three-year-old son Fahdil Waeto, and Nihoah, 29, a staff member at Mayor Hospital.
A witness said the bomber dressed like a fish trader riding a modified motorcycle and parked at the scene. He left the motorcycle and walked quickly to ride pillion on another motorcycle.
The witness said he suspected something was amiss and called police but the bomb went off before they arrived.
The wounded mother and son were passing by the scene and the hospital employee was standing in front of the facility when the bomb exploded.
Police said the bomber wanted to stage an attack with the motorcycle, which carried 20kg gas cylinder, at an event held by kamnan and village heads 5km from the hospital but changed his mind when he saw a security checkpoint had been set up.
He detonated the bomb using a communication radio, police said.