Police Col. Asis U-mayee says suspected militants opened fire Friday on a gold shop in Pattani province’s Sai Buri district. No one was hurt and the militants fled the scene.
He said when security forces arrived at the scene, two improvised bombs hidden in gas canisters in a nearby pickup truck went off.
An administrative official and five civilians were killed, while several policemen were wounded.
More than 5,000 people have been killed in Thailand’s three Muslim-dominated southernmost provinces since an Islamist insurgency erupted in 2004.