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Car bomb in southern Thailand injures 18 soldiers, civilians

BANGKOK (Xinhua) -- A car bomb exploded in southern Thai province of Yala, triggering a big fire and injuring 18 soldiers and civilians today, local media reports said.

The bomb hidden in a pickup truck was detonated by a remote control as a soldier patrol passed through a municipal area of Yala, Thai-language Matichon online reported, quoting police sources.

The report said it needed three hours before the fire, damaging 12 houses and shops, could be stopped.

The injured were treated at a Yala hospital, English-language Bangkok Post online said.

The restive south of Thailand has been subject to violence for years, with a few thousands of soldiers and civilians already killed.

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