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Nineteen rangers, soldiers and police officers were injured this morning (September 14) when insurgents in southern Yala province launched a double bomb attack.

Rangers patrolling Moo 1 village in Tambon Katong in Yaha were ambushed in the first attack at 9.26am and briefly exchanged gunfire with the assailants.

Two rangers – Sgt Thanet Puttho and Pvt Avudh Uppapong – were wounded. Police, soldiers and bomb-disposal specialists arrived on the scene about 20 minutes later and were securing the area when a second bomb was detonated.

Fifteen more officials were wounded, four severely, and taken to hospital.

Another bomb had exploded at 7am in Kabang district, but only damaged a utility pole.

STORY: The Nation

- Phuket Gazette & The Nation