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4 Army Rangers Killed in Explosion in Southern Thailand

FILE - Thai army soldiers search the area of a roadside bomb blast in the southern province of Pattani, June 19, 2017.

Thailand police say a roadside bomb blast in the country’s restive southern region has killed four army rangers.

Authorities say five other rangers and a civilian were wounded in the explosion Friday in Pattani province.

The Muslim-majority border region has been racked by violence for more than a decade as ethnic Malay insurgents battle the government of Buddhist-majority Thailand for more autonomy.

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast.