Two men arrested for deadly bomb blast in Pattani

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Demining officers inspect the scene of a bomb explosion on Wednesday next to an irrigation canal in Mayo district of Yala. (Photo: Abdullah Benjakat)

PATTANI: Two men are being held by the military on suspicion of involvement in Wednesday’s bombing in Mayo district that killed a ranger and injured three others.

The detention of the two men was revealed on Thursday by the Network of People Affected by the State of Emergency (JASAD).

According to the network, paramilitary guards and police arrived in four vans and surrounded an area in Tambon Sakam of Mayo district around noon on Wednesday March 16.

Later, they took two men for questioning – Ibrohim Ma, 33, an employee of the tambon administration organization who lives in Moo 2 village, and Muhammad-khonafi Samae, 27, a tapper from village rubber Moo 4.

The arrest team seized a Samsung cell phone from the first man and an iPhone from the second.

After searching their homes, the pair were taken to Mayo Police Station for questioning. They were later transferred to Ingkhayutthaboriharn military camp in Nong Chik district of Pattani, according to JASAD.

The network called on those involved to treat the two detainees with respect for their human rights.

On Wednesday morning, a paramilitary guard was killed and three others injured by a bomb blast as they went to repair a water pump near their base in the Mayo district.

Earlier reports said four rangers were injured by the bomb, which exploded alongside an irrigation canal.

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