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Bomb Kills Two Buddhist Monks in Thailand's South

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In another attack in Thailand's south, a roadside bomb has killed two Buddhist monks and wounded two soldiers. The region has been a target of violence by Muslim separatists for the past seven years.

A powerful roadside bomb killed two Buddhist monks and wounded two soldiers in Thailand's south on Monday. It's the latest attack in a region hit by seven years of separatist violence.

The bomb was hidden in a ditch in Yala Province bordering Malaysia, and was triggered as a pickup truck carrying the monks from a temple drove past.

The blast sent the vehicle rolling and also wounded two soldiers assigned to protect the monks from attacks.

Police say the bomb was made from explosives packed into a cooking gas cylinder and weighed about 45 pounds.

The intensity of violence in the provinces of Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani has increased this year. Attacks include powerful bombings, an assassination attempt on a provincial governor and a deadly weapons raid on a poorly guarded army barracks.

The main targets are security forces and employees of the Thai state. Buddhist monks have also been killed and there are signs of tensions between Muslims and the Buddhist minority.

Thailand's southern border is among Asia's most violent places... and authorities blame rebels fighting for autonomy for ethnic Malay Muslims as the cause of the attacks.

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