May 16 - Roadside bomb kills two Buddhist monks and injures two soldiers in Thailand's Muslim south. Travis Brecher reports.
The body of a Buddhist monk lies beside the tangled wreckage of a pickup truck. He was killed along with another monk by a powerful roadside bomb in Thailand's Muslim south on Monday. The blast also injured two soldiers assigned to protect the monks from Muslim militants. The powerfulk explosion sent the vehicle rolling for ten metres. Police said the bomb was made from explosives packed into a cooking gas cylinder and weighed about 20 kilograms. Violence has escalating this year in rubber-rich Yala Province. The main targets are security forces and government employees, although there have been recent tensions between Muslims and the Buddhist minority. Thailand's southern border region is among Asia's most violent places - with more than 4,500 people killed since 2004 in gun and bomb attacks. Travis Brecher, Reuters