YALA, Thailand – An assistant village chief was killed and six soldiers were wounded in three roadside bombings in Yala province Tuesday (July 3rd), The Bangkok Post reported.
Maromulee Eyuno, 49, an assistant to the chief of Ban Lumo, was driving home from a meeting in Raman district town when his pick-up truck drove over and detonated a 10kg bomb buried in the road.
The explosion wrecked the vehicle and killed Maromulee, according to Police Lieutenant Issaraphan Surathip, the duty officer of Kotabaru police station.
Another bomb was detonated on a road near Ban Kue Long in Bannang Sata district as a patrol vehicle from Infantry Company 7021 was passing over it, the report said. One soldier was injured in the incident.
The third bombing occurred in Muang district. Suspected insurgents detonated a bomb hidden in the front basket of a bicycle parked by the road near Ban Mo, as an army truck carrying soldiers passed by. Five soldiers were wounded by bomb shrapnel, two of them seriously.
Men in a pick-up truck then drove past and sprayed bullets at the soldiers before fleeing, but did not inflict more casualties.