BANGKOK: Three police officers were killed and 20 people wounded in a bomb attack near a fishing competition in Thailand’s insurgency-ridden deep south, officials said.
The remote-control device, hidden near a police security checkpoint, went off on Friday in Sai Buri district of Pattani province.
Thailand’s three Muslim-majority southernmost provinces are in the grip of a decade-long insurgency which has seen more than 6,000 people killed – the majority of them civilians.
Officials in the region are on heightened alert ahead of the 10th anniversary of a raid on a mosque in Pattani that left 32 insurgents dead, said Paradorn Pattanatabut, a security adviser to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
“But the area is very large,” he said.
“Every year militants will stage attacks to display their strength.” — AFP