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Car bomb kills five soldiers in Thai south, wounds one

Published on Feb 10, 2013 12:00 PM
Thai bomb squad members inspect the site of a roadside bomb attack by suspected separatist militants on a pick-up car carrying soldiers in Thailand's restive southern province of Narathiwat on Jan 30, 2013. More than 5,300 people, both Buddhist and Muslim, have been killed since 2004, according to local conflict monitor Deep South Watch. --PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (AFP) - Five soldiers were killed Sunday in a bomb attack by suspected insurgents in Thailand's violence-wracked deep south, police said.

The bomb, which also wounded a sixth soldier, was detonated as the troops passed by in their patrol vehicle in a village in Yala, one of several Muslim-dominated provinces near the border with Malaysia.

"About 10 insurgents are believed to have hidden nearby and detonated the bomb, which was attached to another car," Police Major Torphan Phusuntiae told AFP by telephone.

He said a man and a woman working in a rubber plantation were also wounded in the blast.

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