BANGKOK: A roadside bomb killed two soldiers in Thailand’s insurgency-ridden deep south yesterday, police said, the latest in a series of deadly attacks that have overshadowed flagging peace efforts.
The blast, which also wounded four other soldiers, struck an army truck in Pattani province shortly before midday, the authorities said.
“A 21-year-old sergeant and a 27-year-old lance corporal were killed,’ Police Major Somjet Thongpan said by telephone.
“One of them died on the spot and the other passed away in hospital,” he added.
Over the past week more than a dozen security personnel have been killed in the restive southern region, where a shadowy conflict waged by Muslim militants has left more than 5,700 people dead since 2004.