Bomb wounds 5 soldiers in South

Five soldiers were wounded, two of them seriously, by a bomb explosion in Narathiwat's Tak Bai district on Monday afternoon.

Tak Bai police said the attack occurred about 12.30pm when a pickup truck carrying five soldiers on patrol was hit by a bomb buried at one end of a bridge on the road through Ban Pakhado in tambon Na Nak.

The bomb was remotely detonated by a mobile phone by militants hiding nearby when the vehicle was passing over the bridge.

Seriously wounded were Pvt Phumsiri Chantharat, 22, and Pvt Damrongrit Hemphukhieo, 22. Both sustained serious wounds to their bodies. Also wounded were Mst-Sgt Niran Jaipaen, 30, Sgt Thirapol Jina, 27, and Sgt Prajak Prapanmit, 28. They were rushed to Narathiwat Hospital.

The pickup truck was badly damaged.

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