Four rangers were killed and six others injured when southern militants detonated a powerful home-made bomb while they were on a patrol on Highway 41 in Sai Buri district of Pattani early on Friday (Sept 22).
Spokesman for the forward command of the Fourth Region Internal Security Operation Command (Isoc) Col Pramote Phrom-in said the bomb attack happened at 6.15am today on Highway 41 when a group of nine rangers from Ranger Task Force 44 was travelling in a pickup truck on a routine patrol at Ban Jorkuayae village in Tambon Sa-ing of Sai Buri district.
As they arrived at a road diversion where construction workers were repairing the road, a powerful bomb, which was believed to be hidden in a drainage pipe under the road, was detonated, killing instantly all four rangers sitting at the rear of the pickup.
Five other rangers and a female civilian in the truck were also injured.
All were later rushed to Somdet Phra Yupharaj hospital in Sai Buri for treatment.
The dead rangers are identified as Chuwit Boonchu, Nattapol Rangsimantuchat, Pathomporn Kongsai, and Pitakomsit Sakviset.
The six injured included a Thai Muslim woman Romura Sueree.