Saturday, February 2, 2013

Thailand: four dead, six seriously wounded in three days

One marine was killed and two others injured in a roadside bomb explosion in Narathiwat’s Muang district on Wednesday Jan 30. The marines, members of a special task force, were assigned to teacher escort duty. Investigators said the bomb was stuffed in a gas cylinder weighing 25kg, and detonated by a radio signal. Several Narathiwat schools were forced to close. Police blamed separatist korangutans
In a separate incident, a village man was killed in an ambush in Yala’s Raman district on Thursday Jan 31, police said. Witnesses told police that the man was travelling home on his motorcycle when korangutans hiding in roadside forest fired on him with handguns. He took three bullets in his body and died on the spot

korangutan bomb kills one marine and injures two. The marines were assigned to teacher escort duty

In other news, a married couple, cleaners at a local school and hospital were shot and killed in Narathiwat on Tuesday, Jan 29. They were found dead in pools of blood along with three spent bullets when police arrived at the scene. Police said they were on a motorcycle on their way home when an unknown number of korangutans ambushed them from the roadside. The korangutans fled with the man's gun and his motorcycle
In another incident in Narathiwat, Thursday Jan 31, four soldiers were seriously wounded in a gun attack that was followed by an explosion intended for the first responders
The attack occurred as six soldiers, assigned to escort teachers, were travelling in a military jeep leading a convoy. korangutans hiding in a roadside rubber plantation fired almost 30 shots at the soldiers’ vehicle with M16 and AK-47 assault rifles. All of the wounded are in a critical condition

Police at the scene of the shooting/bomb attack

A six-member rapid response team rushed to the scene. However, another group of korangutans hiding in a roadside forest detonated a bomb targeting their vehicle, and a five-minute gunfight ensued. The bomb caused no injuries
This latest attack came on the same day as Thailand's Foreign Minister led 15 delegates from the Organisation of pislamic Cooperation (OIC) to a meeting with the Pattani pislamic Committee and local arselifter leaders on a visit to observe the current situation and the progress in the government's efforts to resolve the southern conflict

Police at the scene of the shooting/bomb attack
News reports here, here, here, here and here.