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Two killed and three injured in attacks in South

A military transport truck damaged by a roadside bomb in Narathiwat is inspected by police Explosives Ordnance Disposal personnel.

A military transport truck damaged by a roadside bomb in Narathiwat is inspected by police Explosives Ordnance Disposal personnel.

Two security personnel were killed and three others wounded in two separate roadside bomb attacks in Yala and Narathiwat yesterday.

In Yala's Kabang district, a seven-man squad of special operations police on four motorcycles was hit before noon while escorting teachers.

Lance Corporal Sarawuth Choothanom was pronounced dead at a hospital, while the patrol leader Lieutenant Montree Phummorradok was sent to a hospital in Songkhla.

An Explosives Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officer said a 5kg bomb was packed in a fire extinguisher and put in a fertiliser sack. It was detonated by a two-way radio.

In Narathiwat's Muang district, a military transport truck carrying three Army paramilitary rangers was targeted by bomb fixed to a motorcyle parked by a main road.

The blast killed Siri Jiaranai, who was pronounced dead at a hospital, and wounded the other two soldiers including team leader Sgt-Major Sanya Phromephetnil.

Sanya said the truck was transporting several barrels full of petrol to a ranger base in another district, but the blast did not ignite any of the barrels.

EOD personnel said the 10kg bomb was detonated by a two-way radio.

Police said that insurgents stole the motorcycle used in the attack from a 62-year-old woman on Tuesday after shooting her dead and then repainting the bike blue.




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