Roadside bombs kills six soldiers in south Thailand

20 Juin, 2017, 16:49 | Author: Marc Bacque
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The bomb hit the pick-up as it was carrying ten soldiers along a dirt road in Pattani province, leaving a pile of rubble and twisted vehicle parts.

A roadside bomb blast in Thailand has killed six soldiers and wounded four more in the insurgency-plagued south.

The Muslim-majority border region has been racked by violence for over a decade as ethnic Malay insurgents battle the government of Buddhist-majority Thailand for more autonomy.

Ten soldiers were patrolling on the pickup when the bomb, hidden beneath the road in a drainage pipe, exploded just before noon in Pattani's Thung Yang Daeng district, according to a local police officer who did not give his name because he was not authorized to talk to the media.

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An army spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the blast.

Police say there is usually an upsurge in attacks during the Muslim Holy Month of Ramazan, which this year began on May 26 and ends on June 24 in Thailand.

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