PATTANI: Two people were killed and 14 others wounded in a motorcycle bomb attack near a fresh market in Nong Chik district of Pattani Monday afternoon, police said.
One of the dead was a 14-year-old teenager identified as Aiyadilfitli Yoko, a resident of tambon Bo Thong. The other was Sareepa Ayohsae, 35, from Betong district in Yala.
Four rangers were among 14 persons who were injured. They were Sgt Maj 1st Class Somphon Limprasoet, Chirasak Kaeo-nopparat, Saidi Yako and Apichat Rakdi.
They were all rushed to Nong Chik Hospital, police said.
The impact of the explosion damaged cars and motorcycles parked nearby and police linked the incident to southern insurgency.
More unrest is feared in the final week of Ramadan, which ends June 4.
Security has been tightened in Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and four districts of Songkhla, police said. The districts are Chana, Na Thawi, Thepha and Saba Yoi.