Bomb wounds 2 border patrolmen in Narathiwat

Rueso police chief Jaras Semsan hands money to one of the border patrol policemen wounded by Wednesday evening's bomb explosion in Rueso district. (photo by Waedao Harai)

NARATHIWAT - Two border patrol policemen treated for shrapnel wounds and then released from hospital after a roadside bomb blast in Rueso district on Wednesday evening were re-admitted to hospital on Thursday morning.

Pol Sen Sgt Maj Kanchit Sarasuk, 46, who was hit in a leg and hip, and Pol Cpl Apiwat Wongmongkoldej, 26, hit in the left arm, were both being treated at Rueso Hospital for severe chest pains.

They were members of an 8-strong unit patrolling a road in Ban Kubo in tambon Suvari where the bomb went off. The others escaped unharmed. 

The pair were released shortly after receiving treatment at a hospital. 

Rueso Hospital director Mahama Momula said the two men had severe bruising to their chests and would be scanned to ascertain if there was any internal damage.

If their condition did not improve they would be sent to Naradhiwasrajanagarindra Hospital in Muang district for further treatment. 

Rueso police chief Jaras Semsan also gave money to the injured officers in a show of moral support. 

The bomb, estimated to weigh 20kg, was concealed under a roadside bush and detonated by radio, police said. The explosion left a crater about 50 centimetres deep and a metre wide. 

DNA and other evidence was collected at the scene for comparison with the criminal database. 

Investigators found a spot about 30m off the road where the bombers were believed to have waited for the patrol to arrive and then detonated the bomb. 

Four people were detained early Thursday morning for questioning.

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