A policeman was killed and two others injured in a car bomb attack against a road checkpoint bordering Songkhla and Pattani Tuesday.
Officials said the explosion was caused by a homemade bomb hidden in an Isuzu pick-up truck without license plate that was seized for checking.
Pol Cpl Thani Saensuwan was killed in the blast and his body was burnt in the subsequent fire.
Pol Cpl Natthapol Chunu, 28, and Pol Cpl Apichart Taeng-cham, 29, were injured in the explosion and were rushed to the Inkayuth Fort Hospital.
The Koh Mor Kaeng checkpoint was manned by troops, police and officials from the Interior Ministry.
The explosion caused a huge fire that burned down the entire checkpoint booth.
The checkpoint is located in Pattani's Nongchik district, which borders Songkhla’s Thepha distric and is considered a main gate to the three southern border provinces.