Bike bomb kills senior soldier
One soldier was killed and three others seriously wounded Tuesday in a roadside bomb attack in Pattani's Thung Yang Daeng district.
- Published: 17/04/2013 at 12:00 AM
- Newspaper section: topstories
A bomb disposal squad looks over the wreckage of a motorcycle bomb blast in Pattani's Thung Yang Daeng district Tuesday. The attack killed the head of the army's community development unit and injured three other soldiers. (Photo by Parez Lohasant)
The blast killed Lt Boonpeng Bootyothee, 50, head of the community development unit.
Udom Bootsuwan, 50, Ruangthong Taorat, 52, and Rangsan Chantharasorn, 52, all of them sergeant majors, were critically wounded.
The attack took place on the Thung Yang Daeng-Raman road about 12.30pm.
The soldiers were returning in one of two military pickup trucks from a community visit to Ban Paku.
A bomb attached to a motorcycle parked beside a Ban Paku bridge was detonated as the truck carrying the four soldiers passed by.
The injured men were taken to the Yala Regional Hospital in neighbouring Yala province.
Two drive-by shooting attacks were also reported in Mayo and Yarang districts the previous night, killing two people.
Maropee Ma, 46, was killed in a drive-by shooting while travelling home in a car from Muang district to Thung Yang Daeng district.
Two attackers rode up on a motorcycle and opened fire while the victim, along with his wife and child, were travelling on a road in Mayo district.
Maropee was struck by several bullets and lost control of the car, which crashed into a tree. Maropee died at the scene while his wife and child escaped unharmed.
The attackers fled, police said.
In Yarang district, Sgt Maj 1st Class Pawakorn Klomkhunthod, 52, a military ranger from Nakhon Ratchasima province, was killed in another drive-by shooting by two attackers riding a motorcycle.
The soldier was driving home from work when the attack took place.
In Narathiwat, meanwhile, a banner opposing the Malaysia-brokered peace talks between the government and separatist groups, and two Malaysian flags, were found on the side of a road in Muang district.
They were discovered Tuesday morning.
The banner had been hung between two trees by the side of the road which runs along Narathat beach, Pol Lt Col Somchai Panom-uppakarn, the deputy chief of Muang district police station, said.
The banner bore a message in Malay language which said: "Peace will not occur as long as the host does not endorse it."
Two Malaysian flags were also displayed, one at each end of the banner and clearly visible to passers-by.
Police examined the site and found a fake bomb buried under the banner.
Pol Lt Col Somchai said the militants who hung the banner were probably responsible for hanging other similar banners calling for peace, unity and an independent Pattani state across Pattani and Narathiwat last month.
These militants oppose the peace talks between the government and representatives of the Barisan Revolusi Nasional separatist movement, Pol Lt Col Somchai said.
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