YALA, Thailand - A retired teacher was killed and 13 villagers wounded when a truck bomb exploded on Thursday in Thailand's restive Muslim south, the latest in a wave of separatist violence in the region bordering Malaysia.
Police blamed ethnic Malay rebels for the bombing in front of a public health office in Pattani, one of three provinces gripped by eight years of separatist unrest.The bomb was hidden inside a pickup truck and damaged 10 other vehicles, police said. Of the 13 wounded, three were in critical condition.
In a separate attack in neighboring Narathiwat province, two soldiers were injured when a roadside bomb exploded during a routine patrol.
The increase in violence come amid outcry among local Muslims after army rangers in Pattani shot dead four villagers they suspected were insurgents on Jan. 29.