Road blast injures 8 volunteers
Eight security volunteers were injured in a bomb attack while patrolling along a highway in Yala's Muang district yesterday, according to police.
They were reportedly alerted to the burning of tyres in the area.
It is believed that the attackers burned the tyres to lure them before the bomb was triggered.
The blast was reported at 1am as the team of volunteers was inspecting the burning tyres on Highway 410 in tambon Budee.
Found near the tyres was a suspicious package which turned out to be a plastic bucket.
However, as the team was about to leave the scene, a bomb hidden nearby went off.
The wounded men were rushed to Yala Regional Hospital where one of them was said to be in critical condition.
They were named as Thirawut Kaewromsai, Budeeeman Ayu, Avuth Chomchan, Abdulloh Hayoh, Ahamah Sulong, Thasit Bamphen, and Bowornpak Thantranon.
After the blast, police sealed off the area out of concern that another bomb mighty might be nearby.
A bomb disposal unit and forensic officers were sent to examine the scene when daylight came.
A few hours before the blast, burning tyres were also reported on the same highway near Ban Palobatah in tambon Talingchan in Bannang Sata district.
Firefighters were dispatched to extinguish the fire and police officers patroling the area found nothing else suspicious.
Yesterday's blast follows last week's foiled car bomb attack targeting police housing in Yala's Raman district.
The bomb was defused after the authorities found it in a pickup truck that was reported stolen.