An improvised explosive device (IED) placed inside a cooking gas cylinder detonated on the Ban Thon-Bacho road in the Ban Doo Koo village in Bacho at around 06:30 (local time). The device was reportedly detonated remotely by the assailants as two vehicles carrying paramilitary rangers were passing. Three rangers were injured in the attack. Separatist insurgents are suspected to have planted the IED.
Additional separatist militant attacks are possible Narathiwat province in the coming weeks.
An ongoing insurgency in Thailand's four southernmost provinces (Songkhla, Pattani, Narathiwat, and Yala) has killed over 6000 people since it intensified in 2004. The insurgency has been ongoing in some parts of Thailand's southern provinces since the 1950s and, despite recent withdrawals of Thai security forces and slightly reduced rates of violence, it is unlikely that insurgent attacks will cease in the foreseeable future.
Individuals in Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, and Songkhla provinces are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, report all suspicious objects or behavior to the police, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities. Some governments advise against nonessential travel to these four provinces due to the underlying security threat.
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