6 Thai sol­diers killed by bomb:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Six Thai sol­diers were killed and four in­jured when a road­side bomb ripped their pa­trol truck apart in the in­sur­gen­cy­plagued south on Mon­day, po­lice said.

The bomb hit the pick-up as it was car­ry­ing ten sol­diers along a dirt road in Pat­tani prov­ince, leav­ing a pile of rub­ble and twisted car parts.

The Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity bor­der re­gion has been racked by vi­o­lence for over a decade as eth­nic Malay in­sur­gents bat­tle the govern­ment of Bud­dhist-ma­jor­ity Thai­land for more au­ton­omy.

Fre­quent shoot­ing and bomb at­tacks have claimed more than 6,800 lives since 2004, with both sides ac­cused of rights abuses and atroc­i­ties.

Thai­land’s rul­ing junta has tried to restart peace talks with the Mus­lim mil­i­tants since its 2014 power grab.

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