Soldiers hurt, government building destroyed in Thai south

March 12, 2012
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PATTANI, Thailand – Two soldiers were wounded in a bomb explosion and a government office was burnt to the ground in two separate attacks in Thailand's restive south on Monday (March 12th).

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    They were injured when insurgents detonated a bomb hidden in a parked motorcycle, apparently targeting a group of eight soldiers providing security for teachers in Pattani's Sai Buri district.

    Pvt Makayi Yuso and Pvt Thirapong Hassaro were hit in the body and face by shrapnel from the explosion, The Bangkok Post reported.

    Police said the parked motorcycle was stolen from a policeman and his son after they were shot dead by insurgents in January.

    In a separate attack in Yarang district, insurgents set fire to the Rawaeng subdistrict Tambon Administration Organisation building, completely destroying it, reported The Nation.

    Between March 1st and 10th, 13 people have been killed and 28 injured, many of them in attacks on military outposts.

    Initial investigations of the two March 8th attacks concluded they were carried out by young Runda Kumpulan Kecil (RKK) recruits from Narathiwat, operating under leader Maroso Chantharavadee.

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