Five injured in four attacks in Yala

Five people were injured in four attacks in the southern border province of Yala on Wednesday morning.

  • Published: 31/07/2013 at 03:18 PM
  • Newspaper section: topstories

In Yala's Yaha district, a field soldier lost his left leg in a roadside bombing while on patrol on Wednesday afternoon.

Police said the injured soldier was identified as Sgt Paradorn Petjutha. He was taken to Yala hospital.

According to a police investigation, the improvised explosive device, weighing approximately seven kilogrammes, went off when Sgt Paradorn and a group of eight field soldiers were patrolling on Yaha-La Air road at about 2pm.

Bannang Sata police radio station reported that Pitak Phrommet, a defence volunteer, was injured when a bomb went off inside Ban Taopoon school grounds about 10.25am. He was rushed to hospital.

The bomb, weighing an estimated three kilogrammes, was hidden under a table near the school fence. It was triggered by remote control. The blast left a hole about a metre wide and 80cm deep.

According to witnesses, the bomb went off as the defence volunteer approached the table.

The report said all students were in their classes when the bomb exploded.

Police blamed the attack on an insurgent group led by Sakariya Hayisamoh, who is wanted in six security-related cases.

The third attack also occurred in Bannang Sata district, when a village security guard was shot and critically injured in an ambush.

Pol Lt Bandith Zada of Bannang Sata police station said the attack occurred about 6.45am on a rural road at Ban Wang Hin in Bannang Sata.

Witnesses told police that Ma-ali Sama-air, 46, and his wife Maena were walking to tap rubber at their plantation near the village when gunmen hiding in a roadside forest fired on them with handguns.

The scene were two police officers were critically injured by a bomb explosion on a road in Yala on Wednesday. (Photo by Maluding Deeto)

Ma-ali was shot several times in the body and taken to Bannang Sata hospital by his wife.

In Yala's Muang district, two policemen providing security for teachers were critically injured by the explosion of a bomb buried in a road.

Police said the attack happened when the two policemen were riding on a motorcycle along the rural road at Ban Thung Ka in tambon Lam Mai.

The injured policemen, Pol Sgt Alongkorn Insrikrai and Pol Cpl Sarawut Chaiprasert, were admitted to Yala hospital.

Police blamed separatist militants for the bomb explosion.

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