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Over 20 wounded during Red Cross fairs in Thai Deep South

05-14-2012 15:02 BJT

BANGKOK, May 14 (Xinhua) -- During two Red Cross fairs in Thailand's far south, 17 paramilitary volunteers and civilians were wounded in a Pattani's explosion on the way back from the fair while seven others were injured after a grenade attack in another fair in Narathiwat, local media reported on Monday.

Seventeen people -- 15 paramilitary volunteers and two civilians -- whom were assigned to secure safety at Red Cross Fair in southern Pattani were hurt in a bomb attack on the return from their duty around midnight on Sunday.

According to the police, assailants detonated the bomb hung on a road sign as the truck carrying authorities was travelling on the local road No. 42 linking downtown Pattani and a military camp in another district.

In a related development, seven people -- a police, a paramilitary volunteer and five civilians -- were injured in a hand grenade attack late Sunday night in downtown Narathiwat province.

Reports said two men on motorcycle hurled M67 and M29 hand grenades into a checkpoint at Red Cross Fair while combined forces of police, military and authority were checking vehicles heading to the fair. However, only M29 exploded.

Soon after the explosion the police detained one suspect for further investigation.

Since the resurgence of insurgency in January 2004, over 11,000 violent incidents have happened in the southernmost provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat which were once part of independent sultanate of Pattani. In total, over 5,200 people were killed and nearly 8,000 wounded.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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