Five soldiers have been killed and one wounded by a roadside bomb in Thailand's insurgency-plagued south.
Police Col. Jeera Setdao-ngerntrakul said Friday that
Muslim insurgents were suspected of detonating the bomb in Saiburi
district in Pattani province as a pickup truck carrying the six soldiers
He said the soldiers were on their
way to assist security forces providing safety for Buddhists traveling
to local temples on a religious holiday.
The improvised bomb was hidden under the road surface and wired to a trigger hidden in a bush.
More than 5,000 people have been killed in
Buddhist-dominated Thailand's three southernmost, Muslim-majority
provinces since an Islamic insurgency erupted in 2004.
Attacks occur almost daily despite recent government efforts to hold peace talks with the militants.