PATTANI – A railway worker was killed and three other co-workers were injured
when a train they were handling was hit by a bomb after passing the Nikom
Khokpo station here yesterday.
In the 5.45pm incident, the six-carriage train carrying 100 passengers was
travelling from Sungai Golok to Hatyai when it was hit by a 20kg bomb, which was
planted on the railway tracks.
However, none of the passengers were injured.
Pattani police chief, Major-General Thanongsak Wangsupa said the victim who
died was identified as Chavalit Khonpan, 53, adding that the three other workers
were in the last carriage which had no passengers.
He said the train had stopped at the station and was beginning to move
when the bomb exploded at the tail end of the train which caused the last
carriage to split into two sections.
“One of the injured, a female staff suffered serious injuries. The victim
who was killed died on the spot. The injured victims were sent to Pattani
Hospital for treatment,” he told reporters.
The bomb explosion left a crater about one metre deep and two metres wide
Thanongsak said, adding that police were tracking down those who had
orchestrated the attack.