Officers escape Narathiwat blasts

Officers escape Narathiwat blasts

Bomb disposal officers inspect the blast scene in Chanae district of Narathiwat on Saturday. (Photo by Waedao Harai)
Bomb disposal officers inspect the blast scene in Chanae district of Narathiwat on Saturday. (Photo by Waedao Harai)

Two bombs believed to be targeting security officers exploded in two districts of strife-torn Narathiwat province on Saturday morning, causing no injuries.

The first home-made bomb went off near the entry gate to the Chang Phuek tambon administration organisation compound on Namwon Road in Chanae district, said Pol Lt Narongsak Phudkaew, a duty officer at the Chanae police station, who was alerted around 7.30am.

Police and bomb disposal officers found the concrete foundation supporting the gate damaged and pieces of metal scattered around the area.

Authorities said the bomb, packed into a cooking gas cylinder weighing about 40-50 kg, was detonated by mobile phone.

They believed the explosion was the work of insurgents wanting to target police and soldiers providing security at a Muslim festival taking place about one kilometre away.

Another home-made bomb went off in Cho Airong district, slightly damaging an official pickup truck carrying two paramilitary rangers.

The rangers escaped unhurt when the bomb exploded around 10.30am at Luborya village in tambon Juab, said Pol Lt Somporn Suk-anan, duty officer at the Cho Airong police station.

The blast left a small crater and pieces of metal were scattered around the area.  Police believed the bomb, inside a 20kg cooking gas cylinder, was the work of insurgents wanting to create unrest in the area.

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