HAT YAI, Thailand – Eight soldiers and five journalists have been injured in two consecutive bomb blasts in Thailand's insurgency-plagued south.
Police Col. Jiradet Phrasawang says the first bomb went off Saturday on a road in Ra-ngae district in Narathiwat province, injuring six soldiers who were on foot patrol. The second exploded an hour later about 100 meters (328 feet) from the first blast as a bomb squad and journalists were arriving at the scene.
Jiradet says two Explosive Ordnance Disposal officers were hurt in the second blast, and five journalists — a photographer for the French news agency Agence France-Presse and two reporters from Thai television stations — were slightly wounded.
More than 5,000 people have been killed in predominantly Buddhist Thailand's three Muslim-dominated southernmost provinces since an Islamic insurgency erupted in 2004.