Hand grenade injured eight in Thailand's restive south

14:49, May 18, 2011      

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Two students and six residents of southern Yala province were wounded as two men on motorcycle threw a hand bomb in a market area in Muang District Wednesday morning, the first day of this semester.

The police said at around 7:30 a.m. two men on motorbike threw a grenade, believed to be an M-67 grenade, on the pickup-truck carrying troops and heading back to a military camp in Yalang District but the bomb missed the target and exploded on the road.

As the scene was crowded with people who were buying food along the roadside, two students -- 17 and 15 year old, as well as six others were wounded by the explosion.

The suspects were able to flee the scene immediately. The police blamed separatist insurgents for the incident.

Over the past seven years since the violence renewed in the Muslim-dominant region in 2004, almost 10,000 insurgent attacks have taken place in the southernmost provinces -- Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat, which once were part of Sultanate of Pattani State. More than 4,400 people have been killed but no credible group has claimed responsibility for the violence.

Source: Xinhua
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