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Five volunteers killed in bomb trap in southern Thailand

(Xinhua)

16:11, August 26, 2011

BANGKOK, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- Five defense volunteers were killed and many others were injured when they were lured into a bomb trap in southern province of Narathiwat's Rueso district on Friday, Bangkok Post online reported.

The defense volunteers had responded to a report that the last a Thai man living in Ban Jarolibong in Rueso was shot dead while working in his rubber plantation.

They rushed to village and were killed and wounded by the explosion.

The injured bomb victims, including an assistant district officer, were admitted to Rueso hospital.

Further details of the dead and injured were not immediately available.

Police blamed suspected separatist militants for the attack.

Earlier Friday morning, four garbage collectors were injured, two seriously, by a bomb explosion in Yala's Tharnto district.

Since the resurgence of insurgency in 2004 in three southernmost provinces, Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, altogether more than 4,000 local people have been killed and about 7,000 others were injured by suspected secessionists.

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