3 bomb squad officers killed in Thailand’s southBy AP News Oct 28, 2013 1:44PM UTC
HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — Police say three bomb squad officers were killed while inspecting a suspicious item beside a road in Thailand’s insurgency-plagued south.
Police Col. Pakdee Preechachon said Monday that suspected insurgents detonated a bomb in a box when the squad arrived to check out a location where tires had been burned.
A common militant tactic is to initiate a false attack then strike the security officers who respond to it.
A second bomb was defused at the scene on a rural road in Bacho district in Narathiwat province.
More than 5,000 people have been killed since an Islamic insurgency erupted in Thailand’s three southernmost provinces in 2004.