Police survive Narathiwat bomb attack

Police survive Narathiwat bomb attack

Bomb disposal officers inspect a blast site in Chanae district of Narathiwat on Feb 5. The home-made bomb, believed to target police, went off shortly after one of two police vehicles past the site. (Photo by Waedao Harai)
Bomb disposal officers inspect a blast site in Chanae district of Narathiwat on Feb 5. The home-made bomb, believed to target police, went off shortly after one of two police vehicles past the site. (Photo by Waedao Harai)

Ten police officers on board two pickup trucks narrowly escaped injury when a roadside bomb exploded just after one of the vehicles drove passed it in Narathiwat province around noon Thursday.

Bomb disposal officers inspect a blast site in Chanae district of Narathiwat on Feb 5. The home-made bomb, believed to target police, went off shortly after one of two police vehicles past the site. (Photo by Waedao Harai)

The bomb, stuffed into a 25kg gas cylinder with stones placed on top, was hidden near a roadside power pole in Chanae district's Chanae tambon. The bomb was detonated by radio, said police, who were alerted about the blast at 11.59am.

The blast left a crater about 1.5 metres deep and a metre wide, Pieces of metal were scattered around the area.

Police believed the bomb was aimed at targeting Chanae police officers travelling in the two trucks. The officers had attended a vaccination campaign activity at a nearby school and they left around noon. The bomb went off when one of their pickups passed the blast site by just five metres. All survived the explosion.


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