2 rangers killed, 9 injured in restive southern Thailand

10:35, May 01, 2011      

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Policemen inspect the wreckage of an army vehicle after a bomb attack by suspected Muslim militants on a roadside in southern Thailand's Yala province April 30, 2011. Two bombs were detonated on Saturday, killing 2 and injuring 9 field army officers who were patrolling in Yala province, police said.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Two paramilitary rangers were killed and nine others were injured in two separate bomb explosions on the local road in southern province of Yala's Raman district Saturday.

At about 10:00 a.m. local time, suspected separatist militants detonated a home-made bomb on the local road when a pickup truck carrying rangers were passing by. Five rangers were seriously injured, Bangkok Post online quoted police as saying.

The second bomb exploded when another team of paramilitary rangers were on their way to the incident scene to rescue the bomb victims. The militants also sprayed bullets from war weapons at the rangers, killing two rangers and wounded two others.

The injured rangers were taken to Yala provincial hospital.

The two bomb attacks took place while Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, his deputy for security affairs Suthep Thaugsuban and police chief Pol Gen Wichean Potephosree were visiting the nearby province of Narathiwat province.

Since the resurgence of insurgency in 2004 in three southernmost provinces, Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, altogether more than 4,000 local people, including more than 200 soldiers and 200 police, have been killed and about 7,000 have been injured in more than 10,000 violent incidents instigated by suspected secessionists.

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