Two soldiers were killed Wednesday in bomb attack in Yala's Krong Penang district. Suspected Muslim rebels detonated a roadside bomb about 200 metres from the Ban Sa-ai school in the district.
Military spokesman Colonel Pramote Phom-in said the bomb explodedas a six-man army patrol was providing security for teachers and students arriving at the school. Three civilians and two soldiers were injured.
Colonel Pramote said the separatists are attacking Buddhists and Muslims alike, concentrating on those who cooperate with governmentauthorities, particularly teachers and security personnel.
"The level of violence has remained constant," he said."The number of incidents has decreased, but now the insurgents are using more powerful explosives."
More than 5,300 people have been killed since the rebels steppedup their attacks in 2004 in a campaign aimed at separating Thailand'sthree Muslim-majority southernmost provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat from overwhelmingly Buddhist Thailand.