A bomb placed in a motorcycle's carrier basket was set off yesterday, wounding five soldiers in Yala's Muang district.
Police suspect that insurgents, led by Abidine Pati, launched this attack in retaliation of the arrest of suspects at Ban Por Yor in Tambon Lam Mai.
The Army truck had left the Wat Lam Mai Base to drop the five soldiers off on a mission, and passed by a motorbike on Ban Niang-Phisad Road at around 8.50am, when the bomb went off, possibly triggered by remote control or a cellphone. The truck was knocked over and three or four insurgents on a white pickup then shot at the troops before speeding away.
The soldiers were rushed to Yala hospital. One was said to have sustained serious injuries.
Meanwhile, government spokesman Anusorm Eiamsa-ard said Cabinet agreed in principle yesterday for the National Housing Authority to double the special allowance given to state employees working in the three southernmost provinces from Bt2,500 a month to Bt5,000. This was due to go into effect from yesterday, he said.
Also, at about 12.15pm yesterday, another 10kg home-made bomb went off in Raman district, killing Maromeulee Jehyuno, 49, an assistant to Ban Lumo village headman. The victim, who was on his way home after a meeting at the district office, was killed immediately as the blast split his truck in half.