Five hurt as security patrols bombed

Two bombs exploded on Thursday morning in two districts of Pattani province, injuring a paramilitary ranger and four policemen.

The first bomb went off on the old Highway 42 in tambon Jor Kueyae of Saiburi district.

The bomb was in a steel box  and was detonated remotely as a patrol of eight paramilitary rangers providing security for teachers passed by. Ranger Wattana Chan-orn was injured and rushed to hospital.

Another bomb exploded on Road 4071 in tambon talomaena of Thung Yang Daeng district.

A 15-kilogramme bomb inside a fire extinguisher exploded as a police patrol in a pickup truck passed. The truck was wrecked  and the four policemen rushed to hospital.

The injured were identified as Pol Sgt Maj Boonsong Gunnaroj, Pol Sgt Maj Adithep Nookongkaeo, Pol L/C Tasmisi Sani and Pol Sgt Boonrit Bangsri.

Police blamed insurgents for both attacks.

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