Rebels kill 2 police, bomb troops in Thai south

July 27, 2011 13:46

PATTANI, Thailand - Suspected insurgents waging a separatist rebellion in Thailand's Muslim deep south killed two police and wounded two soldiers in separate gun and bomb attacks on Wednesday, police said.

Militants armed with M-16 assault rifles ambushed two policemen riding on a motorcycle in Pattani province, killing one instantly. The other succumbed to bullet wounds on the way to hospital.In a second incident in the same province, rebels planted a home made bomb in a roadside shrub and detonated the device as three soldiers rode past on motorcycles, wounding two.

Thailand's Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat provinces, which are dominated by ethnic Malay Muslims, have seen a spike in violence this year, with roadside blasts and ambushes occurring regularly.

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