Five soldiers killed in southern Thailand

13:51, July 02, 2010      

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Five Thai paramilitary troopers were killed on Thursday evening when suspected insurgents detonated a roadside bomb to ambush them in Thailand's deep south, the Nation daily oneline reported on Friday.

The attack took place at 6:50 p.m. on a road in Bomi village in Rusoh sub-district of Rusoh district in a southernmost province of Narathiwat.

The suspected insurgents detonated the bomb when the patrol unit from the 46th Paramilitary Development for Peace Command arrived at the scene on their pick-up truck, police said.

The blast hurled the truck about 10 meters away and after the explosion the suspected insurgents bombarded the troops with gunfire.

Two soldiers died at the scene and the three others at the district hospital.

The suspected militants took 3 rifles and 3 pistols of the troops and fled the scene.

Thailand's deep south comprises mainly of the three southernmost provinces of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwas, and the four districts of Song-kla province.

At least 3,500 people have been killed by almost daily violence by the suspected separatists since January 2004.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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