17 injured in Southern Thai bomb blast

14 May 2012 | 12:58pm

BANGKOK: A total of 17 paramilitary volunteers and civilians were wounded during a Red Cross fair in Thailand's far south in a Pattani's explosion while seven others were injured after a grenade attack in another fair in Narathiwat, local media reported today.

Seventeen people -- 15 paramilitary volunteers and two civilians -- who were assigned to secure safety at a Red Cross Fair in southern Pattani were wounded in a bomb attack when returning from duty around midnight yesterday.

According to police, assailants detonated a bomb hanging on a road sign as a truck carrying the 17-member group was travelling on a road linking downtown Pattani and a military camp in another district, Xinhua news agency reported.

In a related development, seven people made up of a police officer, a paramilitary volunteer and five civilians were injured in a hand grenade attack late last night in downtown Narathiwat province.

Reports said two men on a motorcycle hurled two hand grenades into a checkpoint at a Red Cross Fair while members of the police and military forces were inspecting vehicles heading to the fair. However, only one of the grenades exploded.

Police have detained one suspect for further investigations.

Since the resurgence of insurgency in January 2004, over 11,000 violence-related incidents had taken place in the southernmost provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat, which once were part of the independent sultanate of Pattani.

More than 5,200 people were killed and nearly 8,000 wounded during this period. -- BERNAMA

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