HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — Police say two people were killed and eight other civilians wounded by a vehicle bomb in Thailand’s violence-plagued south.
Police Col. Chamlong Suwalak says that suspected Islamic insurgents detonated an improvised explosive device hidden in a pickup truck that was parked near a cockfighting ground in Pattani province’s Kok Pho district.
He says two women, aged 31 and 74, were killed and a 12-year-old girl was among those severely hurt in the Wednesday attack. Another woman and six men were the others injured.
More than 5,000 people have been killed in Thailand’s three Muslim-dominated southernmost provinces since an Islamic insurgency erupted in 2004. The insurgents often target soldiers, police and civil servants, but civilians, both Buddhist and Muslim, bear the brunt of their attacks.