Bomb in southern Thailand kills 7 soldiers

A roadside bomb killed seven Thai government soldiers Friday in one of the deadliest attacks against security forces this year in Thailand's restive south. The soldiers were on patrol duty in Yala province's Bannang Sata district when a bomb exploded near their vehicle, Police Col. Anirut Himberb said. The explosion killed them instantly and destroyed the truck they were in, he said. Since a Muslim rebellion flared in Thailand's three southernmost provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat in early 2004, near-daily bombings, drive-by shootings and other attacks have killed more than 2,300 people.