Narathiwat bomb wounds ranger

A paramilitary ranger was critically injured by a bomb explosion on a road in Rangae district of Narathiwat province on Tuesday morning.

Pol Lt Chayuth Kaewnui, duty officer at Rangae police station, said the bomb was detonated on the Rangae-Marue Botok road at Ban Tohmeetae in tambon Tanyongmas.

According to witnesses, 12 members of Ranger Company 4501 were patrolling on foot along the local road when a bomb planted near a roadside power pole was detonated.

Sgt Pitak Saksongmuang,  the patrol squad leader, was seriously wounded and taken to Narathiwat Ratchanakarin hospital.

The power pole was also destroyed by the explosion.

Police blamed separatist militants.