Car bomb hits Thailand's insurgency-plagued south, wounds 13 people

Thai police say suspected Muslim insurgents have detonated a car bomb that wounded 13 people and damaged buildings in a southern city.

Police Col. Manit Yimsaai says the bomb was hidden in a pickup truck that was parked in front of a karaoke bar in a commercial district in Narathiwat province.

He said the explosion Friday wounded two soldiers and 11 civilians, one of them seriously.

Manit says the bomb also damaged rows of restaurants and shops in the predominantly Buddhist neighborhood.

Narathiwat is one of the three Muslim-majority southern provinces in Buddhist-dominated Thailand.

More than 5,000 people have been killed in the region since an Islamic insurgency erupted in 2004.