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Bomb blast in Pattani misses Aree
 ชื่อเรื่อง  Bomb blast in Pattani misses Aree
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 แหล่งข่าวหลัก  Bangkok Post
 คอลัมน์ข่าว  General News
 URL  http://www.bangkokpost.com/News/29Jan2007_news01.php
 เนื้อหา A bomb went off shortly after a motorcade carrying Interior Minister Aree Wongarya and his visiting counterpart from Qatar went past in Pattani's Yarang district yesterday.

The bomb was in the ceiling of a house under construction on the roadside in Ban Pasa Payae village, in tambon Khao Toom. It exploded only 15 minutes after the motorcade went by.

The blast wounded three border patrol police.

The minister was heading to Yala Islamic University's Pattani campus for a presentation ceremony.

Police said the four kilogramme bomb was in a metal pot hidden in the ceiling of the house and detonated by remote control.

In Yala, suspected rebels hurled a grenade at the Unit 4108 Ranger base in the office of Yala Highway District, wounding three rangers.

Police believed the attack was in response to the arrest of eight suspected militants in an early morning raid in Taloh village in tambon Lidol in Muang district on Jan 26.

The arrests caused about 50 Muslim women and children to rally at tambon Lammai police station demanding the release of the men, particularly Mahuseng Samoh, 30, who they claimed could not have committed any crime because he was "mentally incapable".

Maj-Gen Chamlong Khunsong of the Internal Security Operations Command, said military intelligence indicated that the suspects were not Taloh villagers.

Most came from Pattani's Kapho district and Narathiwat's Rueso district.

He believed they were sent by the insurgent group Runda Kumpulan Kecil to create unrest.

Also in downtown Yala, Latae Bueraheng, head teacher of Prateeptham Witthaya Islamic school, was detained by police together with four Muslim youths aged 19 and 20, clad in Muslim dawah white robes, as they distributed leaflets near the Thung Kuru intersection.

Police searched their camouflage-painted car and discovered leaflets, a fake M-16 rifle, a Thai national flag, a green flag and a black flag bearing Arabic writing that read "There is no god except Allah".

Police said the vehicle belonged to Mr Latae.

Mr Latae denied attempting to incite unrest and said he opposed the use of violence.

Kiattisak Kwannui, 19, and his mother Thitima, 47, were attacked by a pillion-riding gunman in Ban Suan Som village in tambon Sateng Nok in Yala's Muang district, while riding their motorcycle home yesterday.

Mr Kiattisak was seriously wounded.

Mrs Thitima was slightly injured when falling off the bike.

Police found a note saying the shooting was in retaliation for the police arresting the attackers' friends.

Last night, a motorcycle taxi driver was shot dead and a former conscript soldier was seriously injured in a drive-by shooting in Yala's Muang district.

Meanwhile, Chaiyong Maneepiluek, chairman of the Southern Reporters Association, praised the Surayud government for showing clarity in its approach to dousing the southern conflict.

He referred to the prime minister's meeting with security staff, religious and local leaders in Pattani on Saturday.

Mr Chaiyong said the government must ask Islamic religious leaders to educate Muslims, particularly young people, about staying away from insurgents.

However, although Gen Surayud was heading in the right direction in restoring the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Centre and in bringing local and religious leaders together, staff at operational levels still lacked morale because the bureaucratic system was unjust, Mr Chaiyong said.

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