Bomb blast injures two volunteers

Bomb blast injures two volunteers

Two territorial defence volunteers were injured, one critically, in a roadside bomb explosion in Cho Airong district of Narathiwat province yesterday, police said.

Cho Airong police duty officer Pol Lt Korkiat Maneechote said the explosion occurred on a local road in Ban Sala of tambon Chuab about 11.30am.

Yuharee Walong, 28, told police he was riding pillion on a motorcycle driven by fellow defence volunteer, Esor Lateh, 57, as they returned home after finishing their duties, when a bomb hidden by the roadside exploded.

Mr Yuharee was slightly wounded by the explosion, but Mr Esor was taken to Narathiwat Ratchanakarin Hospital, where he was in a critical condition.

The previous night in Bacho district, southern insurgents planned to attack authorities, but failed.

Bacho district police chief Pol Col Phakdi Preechachon said an explosion was heard about 9.30pm on Monday near Ban Bacho School in Moo 2 of tambon Bacho.

However, authorities did not go to the scene as they believed it could have been an attempt by insurgents to lure them there and ambush them, Pol Col Phakdi said.

Police and bomb disposal officers went to the scene yesterday instead.

Pol Col Phakdi said a small hole was found under a tree. Firecracker debris was found nearby. No one was hurt.

In Pattani, a 30-strong unit yesterday raided a mobile phone shop in Nong Chik district and seized 50kg of fertiliser, authorities said.

Security officials arrested and detained Usaman Wannawan, the shop owner, for questioning.

Deputy Prime Minister Pracha Promnok said he has been assigned to oversee the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Centre, the National Security Council, the National Intelligence Agency and other security-related agencies.

However, he said he has not been assigned to head the Centre for Implementation of Policies and Strategies for Solving Problems in the Deep South.

The southern security responsibilities, some of which were previously handled by former deputy premier Chalerm Yubamrung, were handed to Pol Gen Pracha in the latest cabinet reshuffle.

Pol Gen Pracha said it is too early for him to discuss the government's peace talks with the Barisan Revolusi Nasional insurgents, because he is new to the job.

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