Two army rangers wounded in Narathiwat roadside bomb ambush

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NARATHIWAT, Oct, 10 –– Two Thai government volunteer paramilitary rangers were wounded in a roadside bomb attack in Narathiwat’s Ra-ngae district on Friday morning.  

Pol Lt Chayut Kaeawnui, duty officer at Ra-ngae police station, said the bomb exploded when a team of nine paramilitary rangers were on patrol duty along a local road.

The blast wounded Sitthichoke Laokok, 24, and Ares Yakor, 34. They were taken to Rangae Hospital for treatment.

Police inspected the scene and found fragments of a 10-kilogramme home made bomb placed inside a metal box hidden behind roadside trees. The bomb was detonated by mobile phone, causing a two-foot deep, four-foot wide hole on the road.

Follow up on the multiple explosions in the southern provinces on Wednesday, Yala police chief Pol Col Songkiat Watakul said identifications were made of 16 suspected insurgents with 10 motorcycles used in the attacks at 12 spots in three districts of Yala

Police believe that the attacks were coordinated by the same insurgent group as the investigation has shown that the explosive devices were built similarly and there were all triggered by clocks in the mobile phones.

Col Songkiat said he ordered 17 police stations in Yala province to tighten their security operations and work more closely with local authorities, especially at night.

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