Pipe bomb attack kills one policeman, wounds another in Narathiwat

A policeman was killed and another seriously wounded early on Thursday when a police checkpoint in Narathiwat’s Bacho district was attacked with pipe bombs early on Thursday, police said.

Pol Capt Kawin Nitithamtrakul, chief of the Ton Sai checkpont on Phetkasem highway in Tambon Palukasamo of Bacho district, said the incident occurred at about five minutes before 1am when a number of militants came in the dark to an area behind the checkpoint.

At the time, 10 policemen were deployed around the checkpoint.

The militants, believed to be members of a southern insurgent group, hurled six bombs made of steel pipes, each weighing 700-800 grammes, at the checkpoint.

Two bombs landed on the roof of the checkpoint, but only one exploded. Pol Cpl Jakrapong Maneechai, 27, was killed, and Pol Cpl Somchok Patlik, 27, were seriously wounded in the explosion.

Two other bombs landed behind the checkpoint and one hit the roof of a house of local villagers nearby.  The explosions shattered the glass windshield of an Isuzu pick-up truck.

The sixth bomb landed outside the wall of the checkpoint, but did not explode.

Police were investigating the incident.