One killed, nine injured in south Thailand bombing

2013-08-13 08:11:13 GMT2013-08-13 16:11:13(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

BANGKOK, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- One policeman was killed, and nine others injured on Tuesday in a bombing attack in Thailand's restive far south, police said.

The incident occurred in Narathiwat's Sungai Padi district early Tuesday when a group of police, rangers and defense volunteers rushed to examine a scene of a failed ambush on a local official.

When they were collecting evidence at the scene, a home-made bomb placed inside an iron box beside a nearby tree was detonated by mobile phone.

Ten people were injured in the explosion, including one civilian. Four were in critical condition. One policeman was later pronounced dead in hospital.

In another incident in Pattani province, one village volunteer and five civilians, including a 13-year-old boy, were wounded by a bomb explosion Monday night.

More than 5,000 people have been killed and more than 9,000 injured in Thailand's three southern border provinces -- Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and four districts of Songkhla since early 2004, according to Deep South Watch, which monitors regional violence.

Last week, the Barisan Revolusi Nasional, one of the main separatist groups that joined peace talks with the Thai authorities, announced an indefinite suspension of the peace process.

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