Roadside bomb severely injures 3 rangers

Roadside bomb severely injures 3 rangers

Bomb experts at the scene of the explosion on Phetkasem Highway in Bacho district of Narathiwat province on Wednesday morning. (Photo by Waedao Harai)
Bomb experts at the scene of the explosion on Phetkasem Highway in Bacho district of Narathiwat province on Wednesday morning. (Photo by Waedao Harai)

NARATHIWAT: A bomb in a cooking gas cylinder placed under a roadside stall exploded and severely injured three paramilitary rangers on foot patrol in Bacho district on Wednesday morning.

The explosion was reported on the Phetkasem Highway in Ban Buerawae village of tambon Lubo Sawor about 8.05am.

The explosion demolished the stall and left a 30-centimetre-deep crater in the ground. The bomb was detonated remotely. Blood stains, along with rangers' bullet-proof vests and helmets, were scattered at the scene.

The injured rangers -- identified as Pipao Saopoon, Prasert Muangkhunthod and Somkiat Monthianthong -- received severe shrapnel wounds to their bodies and legs. They were rushed to Bacho Hospital, and ranger Somkiat was later transferred to Naradhiwasrajanagarindra Hospital.

Police said the three rangers were walking close to the stall, which was under construction, when the bomb was detonated.

They blamed insurgents, who are making almost daily attacks on government officials.


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