One dead, 23 hurt by bomb in Thai south: police

YALA, Thailand, April 18, 2011 (AFP) - A car bomb exploded Monday in Thailand's insurgency-plagued far south, killing a paramilitary ranger and wounding 23 other people, police said.

The makeshift device exploded as troops passed by in a pick-up truck on a busy street in Yala, one of three provinces near the Malaysian border that have been under emergency rule since 2005.

Civilians were among the casualties, police said.

Yala governer Krissada Boonraj said the perpetrators had waited until after the long holiday weekend for Thai New Year to plant the bomb.

"The insurgents were waiting to attack after Songkran as during that time we were strictly controlling the situation," he said.

Shadowy insurgents have waged an uprising in Thailand's southernmost region bordering Malaysia since early 2004, leaving more than 4,500 people dead, including both Muslims and Buddhists.

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