Troops, volunteers narrowly escape bomb attack in S. Thailand

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-19 20:49:02|Editor: Zhou Xin
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BANGKOK, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- A truck carrying troops and volunteers on Thursday escaped a roadside blast in southern Thailand.

The bomb attack happened in Narathiwat, one of the country's three restive southernmost provinces. A bomb exploded near a power pole when the six-wheeled truck passed by. No injuries were reported and the truck was slightly damaged, according to Voice TV.

Police said the attackers hid a homemade bomb weighing 20 kg at the roadside and detonated it when the truck came. The bombers escaped.

Reports said the truck was carrying two soldiers and four civilians. The civilians are volunteers to serve in events of the royal cremation of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. They were delivering royally granted stuffs.

Police said the attack may be linked to the shooting on Wednesday in the same district.

Two patrolling police were attacked by four men riding on two motors on Wednesday night. The police were unscathed from the gunfight.

Narathiwat is one of the Muslim-majority provinces in southernmost Thailand. The region's separatist violence, dating back in 2004, has killed thousands. Gun shots, bomb attacks and arsons are common in the region.