Grenade wounds 8 Yala soldiers

YALA - A suspected militant threw a hand grenade at soldiers doing evening exercises Tuesday and the explosion wounded eight of the troops.

Pol Col Pacharaphol na Nakhon, chief of the Muang district police station, said two suspected insurgents drove a motorcycle past Wat Lak 5 at 6pm as soldiers of the Yala Task Force 11 were doing physical training at the temple field.

One of the motorcyclists tossed an M26 grenade over the temple wall into the group of soldiers, wounding eight, he said.

The driver wore a black shirt and the pillion rider wore white jubba overclothes, common in the Muslim area, the officer added. Both fled the scene but police said a security camera recorded them and a manhunt was begun Tuesday night.

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