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Yala blast leaves soldier wounded

A solider was seriously wounded when his team, patrolling a local road for teachers' protection in Yala's Yaha district, was hit by a roadside bomb yesterday morning, police said.



Private Jakkrit Raksanual, 21, and five other soldiers were patrolling the Ban PajorBan La Ae road on foot when the 3kilogram bomb went off at 8.15am. Jakkrit, who sustained serious shrapnel wounds to his arm and leg, was rushed to Yaha hospital. Police suspect southern insurgents had launched the attack.

Meanwhile, Ranger Forces Regiment's 43 supervisors yesterday handed the four rangers involved in the January 29 shooting that resulted in the death of four civilians in Pattani over to the investigators. The rangers initially claimed that they had acted in selfdefence, hence police will initially treat the case as extrajudicial killings. The investigation should take 30 days before the report is handed over to the public prosecutor, who will then file the suits in court.


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