YALA, Thailand (AFP) – At least nine people including three children were killed in a bomb attack and shootings by suspected Islamic rebels in Thailand’s restive Muslim-majority south, police said Saturday.
A 15-kilogram (nine pounds) bomb hidden under a bridge went off late Saturday, killing a two-year-old Muslim girl and two border patrol officers in Yala, one of three violence-torn southern provinces bordering Malaysia.
The adult victims were among six border patrol officers travelling on motorcycle, police said, adding the bomb was set off by remote control.
The attack capped a day of violence in Yala, where at least six people were killed in separate attacks by suspected Islamic militants.
A Muslim man was gunned down Saturday in a drive-by shooting, while rebels ambushed a motorcycle late Friday and shot dead a Muslim father and his two children, an 11-year-old girl and a seven-year-old boy.