BANGKOK, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- Two separate bomb explosions hit Thailand's southern Narathiwat province on Saturday, injuring 13 people, including five reporters, police said.
The first bomb explosion occurred at about 11:11 a.m. local time when six paramilitary rangers were patrolling along a road.
All of them were wounded by bomb shrapnel and taken to a nearby hospital. Three are in critical condition.
The second bomb, hung on a tree about 100 meters away, was detonated and exploded when police forensic and bomb disposal units were dispatched to inspect the scene.
Two policemen and five reporters were injured, including one working for Agence France Presse (AFP), according to a name list released by Bangkok Post.
Police blamed separatist militants for the explosions.
More than 5,000 people have been killed and over 9,000 injured in Thailand's three Muslim, ethnic-Malay dominated southern border provinces -- Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and four districts of Songkhla -- since separatist violence erupted in January 2004, according to Deep South Watch, which monitors the regional violence.