Bomb kills two Thai army rangers, wounds five in far south


– Two Thai soldiers were killed and five wounded Monday when a bomb exploded on a road in Thailand’s violence-plagued far south, police said.

The bomb exploded at 7:25 am (0025 GMT) as the army patrol was traveling in a vehicle in Sai Buri district of Pattani province, 770 kilometres south of Bangkok, according to a Sai Buri district police officer.

He said the force of the remotely controlled explosion threw the armoured vehicle off the road.

A second bomb exploded as another patrol of rangers arrived at the scene, but no one else was hurt.

No group immediately took responsibility for the attack. The police officer said it was consistent with a wave of bombings, drive-by shootings and beheadings carried out by Muslim insurgents trying to separate the southern-most provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat from predominantly Buddhist Thailand.

About 6,200 people have been killed and some 11,000 wounded in the area since the insurgency flared anew in 2004.