Bomb Squad Officer Narrowly Escapes Explosion In Thailand

Thailand, Jul 3 : A bomb squad officer was lucky to escape serious injury when a car exploded in Thailand's restive south on Friday.The officer, wearing a protective suit, was attempting to open the front
bomb squad officer narrowly escapes explosion in...
PTI 03 Jul 2011, 11:14:05 AM IST

Thailand, Jul 3 : A bomb squad officer was lucky to escape serious injury when a car exploded in Thailand's restive south on Friday.

The officer, wearing a protective suit, was attempting to open the front passenger door of the parked car when the bomb exploded.

Closed-circuit television footage showed the officer being thrown to the ground, but then picking himself up and walking away unhurt.

Police later found an improvised explosive device in the vehicle.

The incident was one of three attacks by suspected Muslim militants on government offices in the province of Narathiwat on Friday.

More than 4,300 people have been killed in Thailand's three southern provinces since an Islamist insurgency flared in 2004.

The provinces are the only Muslim-majority areas in the predominantly Buddhist country, and Muslims have long complained of discrimination by the Bangkok government. AP

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