Thai-language local news outlets are carrying additional details and photos of a car bomb explosion a few hours ago that killed 5 police officers of the Teacher Protection Unit and left one other officer critically injured in Yala, Thailand. Five policemen were killed and another was critically wounded on Wednesday in a roadside bomb attack in Thailand's south, police said.
Presumed Muslim terrorists parked the car bomb at a bridge near a school and detonated it as the Teacher Protection Unit drove by. Nail strips were placed on the road to hinder further responding police, and there was an exchange of gunfire after the attack.
The explosion blew the police truck off the bridge. At this time it is unknown how many of the police were killed outright in the blast and how many (if any) were killed by subsequent gunfire. Two photos attached: One of the police truck at the bottom of the bridge and the other of the remains of the car bomb vehicle. Thai-language link below has additional photos. (thanks to Chai)
BREAKING New Thailand Car Bomb: 5 'Teacher Protection Unit' Police dead
Muslim terrorists detonate car bomb in front of school
Date, Time of bombing:
Bangkok time: Wednesday July 25, 2012 3pm
New York time: Wednesday July 25, 2012 4am
Thai language TV Channel 3
The Thai English language press is a little behind the Thai language media in reporting some details and photos:
Bomb kills 5 police in Yala
Published: 25/07/2012 at 04:56 PMOnline news: Local News
Five policemen were killed and another wounded by a bomb explosion in front of a school in Raman district of Yala province on Wednesday afternoon, reports said.
The bomb exploded about 3pm as a police patrol vehicle providing security for teachers was leaving Ban Upoh School in tambon Wang Phraya of Raman district.
One report, which was still not confirmed, said it was a car bomb.
Five police officers on board the vehicle were killed and one other wounded, he said.
The explosion was followed by an exchange of fire between surviving police and the attackers, who then fled.
Police had sealed off the area and called for reinforcements.