Thailand: Bomb attacks in the south

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March 8, 2015: A motorcycle bomb exploded in the car park of Rueso railway station in Narathiwat’s Rueso district Sunday, wounding three rangers and six villagers, one of them a 16-year-old girl, police said.

Pol Lt Montree Chanmuang, the duty officer at Rueso station, said forensic officers and an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) police team rushed to the station after learning of the blast which took place about 8.05am.

At the scene they found the debris of a black Honda motorcycle and the remains of the gas cylinder bomb weighing about 10kg.

thailand_regions_map203The injured were three members of the 11th Rangers Regiment — Sgt Taweewat Onkwanphet and ranger volunteers Withoon Machangneed and Prasitchai Poempoon — and villagers Tuan Da-o, Anwar Teh, Mayuni Waeni, Abdulloh Doloh, Nurida Ahma and 16-year-old Sakima Salae. They were taken to Yala Centre Hospital, Narathiwat Ratchanakarin Hospital and Rueso Hospital.

Two of them, Sgt Taweewat and Ms Mayuni, suffered serious injuries…

Related: March 7, 2015: Police station harassed in Yala: At least two militants opened fire at the living quarters of police and their families in the compound of Lammai police station in Muang district of Yala province on Saturday night, but caused no casualties, police said.

The gun shots hit the living quarters, leaving bullet holes on the walls. Nobody was hurt in the attack which occurred at 9.15pm.

Pol Maj Prayuth Luangthong, the Lammai police station chief who was working in his office, ordered police to return fire. A brief exchange of fire followed before the militants withdrew.

Related: March 4, 2015 Nine injured in three Pattani attacks: Security officials later arrested a suspect identified as Sakareeya Sakam in a blockade at a village in the district, and seized 12 fake licence plates and around 100 rounds of M-16 ammunition.

The incidents kicked off when gunmen on motorcycles approached a motorcycle repair shop and shot at its owner and a customer, before a motorcycle bomb hit an unmarked police vehicle while it was approaching the crime scene. Nobody was injured in this blast.

Then a team of six civilian officials led by a police officer arrived at the scene only to be hit by a hidden explosive.

After a period of relative quiet, the old pattern seems to be recurring: Small attacks occurs every few days. It can be hard to keep track of them. By keeping them small, the Western news sources do not report them.