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Car bomb leaves one dead, three injured at Thai checkpoint
Published:  Jul 5, 2016 9:16 AM
Updated: 9:24 AM

A member of the Thai police was killed in a car bomb attack on a checkpoint today, according to the Thai newspaper The Nation.

The English-language daily quoted unnamed officials saying that the explosion was caused by a homemade bomb hidden in an Isuzu pickup truck without a license plate that was seized for inspection.

The attack took place at the border of the Thai provinces of Songkhla and Pattani, and reportedly caused a fire that burnt down the entire checkpoint booth.

According to the daily, the Koh Mor Kaeng checkpoint serves as a main gateway from the rest of Thailand to its three Southern provinces that border with Malaysia.

The dead was identified as Cpl Thani Saensuwan. Three other police officers were also injured in the attack and were rushed to hospital.

The restive Thai southern provinces had been a scene of a long-running and violent religious separatist movement.

Today’s attack comes in the wake of several terror bombings throughout the world.

Earlier today, a suicide bomber struck a police station in Central Java, Indonesia, killing himself and severely injuring one police officer.

Meanwhile, a bomb alert had been raised for an Israeli airliner en route from New York to Tel Aviv today. Swiss Air Force jets had been scrambled to accompany the aircraft.

Yesterday, suicide bombers attacked three cities across Saudi Arabia, including the security headquarters of the Prophet's Mosque in Medina, which is the second holiest site in Islam.

At least four security officers were killed across the three attacks.

However, it was Baghdad that has seen the worst bombings in the recent days, when a car bomb left over 100 dead and over 170 injured when it exploded on Ramadan crowds.

Closer to home, the police confirmed yesterday that the grenade attack in Puchong last week that left eight people injured was the self-styled Islamic State's first successful attack on Malaysian soil.

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