Pattani bomb kills 2 rangers

Two paramilitary rangers were killed and four others injured in a bomb explosion in Pattani on Saturday afternoon.

Police inspect a pick-up truck carrying paramilitary rangers damaged by a roadside bomb in Mayo district, Pattani, on Saturday. (Photo by Parez Lohasan)

The attack occurred at 2.21pm on a local road at Ban Hae Phrao in tambon Koh Chan of Mayo district, killing Nithi Chanowon, 22, and Maror Hama, 37.

Rangers Thanandorn Kaewkhao, 27, Kriangsak Srikes, 37, Sompong Plangniang, 32, and Hama Saluvee, 18, were injured in the explosion and taken to Mayo hospital.

Police blamed separatist militants.

The incident followed an ambush in Pattani on Friday night in which an old man and his son were seriously injured.

They were identified as Dorming Benjah, 75, and his son Mayusoh Benjah, 45.

Pol Col Jirasate Dao-ngerntrakul, chief of Saiburi police station, said the attack occurred about 7pm on a local road at Ban Payor in tambon Kadunong of Saiburi.

Witnesses said the two men were travelling in a sedan when gunmen hiding in a rubber plantation opened fire on them with assault rifles. The assailants then fled.

Doraming and Mayusoh took bullets in their arms and bodies. They were taken to Saiburi hospital and reported to be in critical condition.

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