5 soldiers killed in Thailand’s violent south

PATTANI, Thailand (AP) — Police say suspected Muslim insurgents have killed five soldiers and severely wounded another in a roadside bombing in Thailand’s violence-plagued south.

Pol. Col. Kong-att Suwannaka says the explosive device was buried on a road in Pattani province and was detonated Thursday as the soldiers were passing by in a pickup truck.

He says five soldiers died at the scene and a sixth was taken to a hospital with serious wounds.

He says the insurgents felled trees to slow rescue vehicles trying to get to the scene of the attack.

More than 4,700 people have been killed in Thailand’s three Muslim-dominated southernmost provinces since an Islamist insurgency flared in 2004.

via News from The Associated Press.

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