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Two paramilitaries killed in attacks in Thai south

Published on Mar 30, 2013 7:13 PM
 
Thai bomb squad members inspect the site of a roadside bomb attack by suspected separatist militants on a pick-up truck carrying rangers in Thailand's restive southern province of Pattani on Saturday, March 30, 2013. The bomb and gun attack killed two Thai military rangers and wounded four others on Saturday, police said, two days after the country held its first formal peace talks with Muslim rebels.  -- PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (AFP) - A roadside bomb and gun attack killed two Thai military rangers and wounded four others on Saturday, police said, two days after the country held its first formal peace talks with Muslim rebels.

The paramilitaries were on their way to attend a colleague's funeral in Pattani province when suspected militants detonated the bomb - hidden in a motorcycle - and launched a gun attack, police said.

On Friday, a bomb had killed a soldier and wounded 14 others in neighbouring Narathiwat province.

Several shadowy groups are waging an insurgency in Thailand's southernmost Muslim-majority provinces bordering Malaysia that has claimed more than 5,500 lives over the past nine years.

 
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