Soldier injured by bomb in Narathiwat

An army ranger was injured by a bomb explosion on Monday in Sungai Padi district of Narathiwat province while he was waiting for the bomb disposal unit to examine a site where an anti-peace signs was put up, a report said.

  • Published: 22/04/2013 at 12:26 PM
  • Newspaper section: breakingnews

One of fabric banners found in Narathiwat on April 22, 2013. (Photo by Abdulloh Benjakat)

Squad leader Lt Tohgraisak Rodgantook, of the 48th Ranger Regiment, was taken to Sungai Padi Hospital after the bomb was detonated only five metres away from him. 

He was hit in the right leg by shrapnel. The fragments were later removed by doctors at the hospital.

A total of 45 fabric banners opposing the ongoing Malaysia-brokered peace talks on the far South were found hung on trees along roadsides in several districts throughout Narathiwat on Monday morning, another report said.

Each banner bore a message in Malay written in standard Bahasa Malaysia script: "Kedamaian Tak Akan Lahir Selamahak Pert Uanan Tidak Di Akui", which translates as "Peace will not occur as long as the host does not endorse it".

Soldiers and local officials were taking the signs down. The bomb explosion was also being investigated.

However, according to Hara Shintaro, a Japanese lecturer who teaches Malay in Pattani, he said the message on the banner should be `Kedamaian tak akan lahir selama "pertuanan" tidak diakui' which should be translated as "Peace will not occur as long as the ownership isn't acknowledged".

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