Bomb blast in southern Thailand kills four


Four people were killed in an overnight bomb attack in the southern Thai province of Pattani, an official confirmed Friday.

Four volunteer guards in Khok Pho district of Pattani were killed when a bomb exploded in a village, said Colonel Banphot Phunphien of the Thai army’s Internal Security Operations Command.

Two of the volunteers were killed instantly and two more died in hospital Thursday night.

Banphot also confirmed a separate bombing on Friday morning in neighbouring Narathiwat province.

“Two soldiers received only minor wounds from the attack,” he told dpa by phone.

No group took immediate responsibility for the two attacks.

The Muslim-majority provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat were part of the Sultanate of Pattani, a Thai vassal state, for several hundred years.

In 1909, the territory was divided between then-British Malaya and the Thai kingdom, in a treaty that formalized the region as Thailand’s three southernmost states.

An insurgent movement to create an independent state in the region has resulted in the deaths of 6,200 people and 11,000 injured since 2004.