Roadside bombs kills six soldiers in south Thailand — Muslim insurgents suspected — “This area is a red area.”

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Thai army soldiers search the area of a roadside bomb blast in the southern province of Pattani, Thailand, June 19, 2017.REUTERS/Surapan Boonthanom
 Reuters

A roadside bomb planted by suspected Muslim insurgents killed six Thai soldiers and wounded four on Monday in the southern province of Pattani, police said.

A decades-old separatist insurgency in of predominantly Buddhist Thailand’s largely ethnic Malay, Muslim provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat has killed more than 6,500 people since 2004.

The latest bomb was planted on dirt road and exploded as soldiers on a routine patrol were passing, said district police chief Colonel Pruk Liangsukwho.

“It is likely the work of violent groups in the area because this area is a red area,” Pruk told reporters, referring to areas with higher levels of separatist violence.

An army spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

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