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6 soldiers killed in bomb attack in Thailand’s restive south

6 soldiers killed in bomb attack in Thailand’s restive south
Thai army soldiers search the area of a roadside bomb blast in the southern province of Pattani, Thailand. Photo: Reuters
Published: 8:25 PM, June 19, 2017

BANGKOK — Six soldiers on patrol were killed and four other people injured in a bomb blast Monday (June 19) in restive southern Thailand, Thai police said.

The bomb exploded on a road in Pattani province where military personnel carry out patrols on a routine basis. The police suspect it was planted by Islamic militants.

Bomb disposal unit members were dispatched to the scene after the blast occurred in the morning.

More than 7,000 people have been killed since an insurgency began in 2004 in Thailand’s southern provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala, a predominantly Muslim region of the mostly Buddhist country.

Last month, 59 people including children were injured in a bomb attack on a store in Pattani. KYODO