Girls killed, hurt in attack in Thailand's south

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Updated: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:16:19 EST

HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — Police say a 12-year-old girl was killed and seven people, including two other girls, were wounded in a roadside bomb attack in Thailand's insurgency-plagued south.

Police Col. Panya Karawanan said Monday that suspected insurgents detonated an improvised bomb near a military base in Sai Buri district in Pattani province, as a group of soldiers were finishing their patrol.

The Sunday night attack came at the end of the Ramadan holy month, in which a spurt of attacks has occurred.

Panya said the explosion killed the 12-year-old and wounded two soldiers and five civilians, including a 7-year-old girl and her 1-year-old sister.

More than 5,000 people have been killed in Thailand's Muslim-dominated southernmost provinces since an Islamic insurgency erupted in 2004. The insurgents often target soldiers, police and civil servants.

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