Explosion in Yala kills two policemen

Two policemen were killed and three others injured by a bomb explosion on a road in Than To district of Yala province on Friday, police said.

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The radio centre at Than To police station received a report of the bomb attack on Ban Rae-Ban Buathong road in tambon Ban Rae about 11.45am. Police and a bomb disposal unit rushed to the scene and found Pol Sub-Lt Niyom Suwanmanee lying dead on the road.

Police also found four wounded policemen, Pol Sgt Maj Somnuk Duangnim, Pol Sgt Sithichai Kruebutr, Pol L/C Phanthep Aimsomboon and Pol L/C Paphon Dejanothai.

They all were taken to Yala hospital, where Pol Sgt Maj Somnuk was later pronounced dead.

The policemen, from Than To police station, were travelling on a pickup truck along the local road when a  home-made bomb estimated at 30kg planted under road's surface was detonated, instantly killing Pol Sub-Lt Niyom and wounding his four colleagues.

The police truck was overturned by the blast, which left a crater two metres wide and one metre deep in the middle of the road.

Police blamed separatist militants.

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