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One ranger killed, another injured in Yala bomb ambush

Feb 26. 2019
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By The Nation

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Insurgents detonated a home-made roadside bomb in an ambush of a patrol unit of rangers in Yala’s Bannang Sata district on Tuesday morning, killing one ranger and injuring another, police said.

Yala provincial police were informed of the blast, which occurred on the main road in Tambon Bacho’s Ban Ubae village, at 9.25am.

Angkhan Ruankham, 33, was killed in the explosion, while fellow ranger Theerawat Kanthanij, 28, was injured and rushed to the district hospital.

Both victims suffered shrapnel wounds, with Theerawat being treated for thigh injuries. 

Angkhan died at the scene, having sustained fatal wounds to the torso.

A local Muslim woman, Mayuree Jehdureh, 38, was also injured, with the blast impact breaking her right arm. 

Police and troops, who inspected the scene, also found a home-made bomb that had failed to explode. 

Bomb-disposal officers detonated the device by firing at it.

The two rangers caught in the blast were part of a six-member unit patrolling the road in the village.

When the unit arrived at the scene, insurgents attempted to detonate two bombs that had been planted near to each other, but only one exploded.

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