Four killed, 12 wounded in restive Thai south

May 20, 2011 09:37

YALA, Thailand - Four insurgents were killed in a shootout with government security forces in Thailand's rebellious Muslim south on Friday and 12 people were wounded in a truck bombing, police said, as separatist tensions intensify near the border with Malaysia.

Fighting erupted at dawn in a village in Yala province when security forces came under fire after surrounding the home of a suspected militant. Police said four rebels were killed in the gunfight.

Four hours later in Narathiwat province, 12 people, including a policemen, were wounded when a bomb exploded beneath a pickup truck close to a market.

The blast came nine minutes after a bomb hidden in a motorcycle went off outside a Muslim tea shop in the same district, although no injuries were reported.

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