Escalated violence ahead of the 11th anniversary of Krue Se incident on April 28
Violence appears to have escalated ahead of the 11th anniversary of the Krue Se incident on April 28 but most of the victims are innocent civilians.
On Friday April 24 morning as 38-year old Areenan Rayongoh was riding a motorcycle carrying his three children out of Had Sadet beach in Tambon Jehha, Tak Bai district of Narathiwat along an asphalted road after their morning exercise on the beah, a roadside bomb was detonated by a radio transmitter.
The force of the explosion caused Areenan to lose control of his motorbike which fell on the road. Luckily, he and his four children, aged from 4 to 10, were injured. They were later taken to the nearest hospital by passers-by.
Security forces which later arrived at the scene found an unexploded bomb weighs about 10 kgs tied to a power pole just opposite the site of the bomb blast. A powerful water jet was used to destroy the bomb.
At about the same time in Mayo district of Pattani, suspected militants detonated a roadside bomb aimed at a group of defence volunteers on patrol in Tambon Luboyeerai in armoured pickup truck. Two soldiers and two volunteers were slightly injured but the truck was badly damaged.
Reinforcements were later despatched to the scene to comb the surrounding areas where they found three more improvised explosive devices, two of them weighing between 25-30 kgs. All the bombs were destroyed.
At about 3 pm on the same day in Bannang Sata district of Yala, Mrs Buser Mayer and her 17-year old daughter were shot dead by unknown gunmen as they were riding a motorcycle for home after finishing work at a rubber plantation. The assailants also stole their motorbike.