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Police officers inspect the car damaged in the blast. Photo: EPA

Officials in Thailand's Yala province killed in car bomb attack

A bomb blast in Thailand's insurgency-plagued south killed two top provincial officials yesterday, authorities said, blaming rebels seeking to derail peace talks. Issara Thongthawat, deputy governor of Yala province, was killed along with the province's permanent secretary responsible for security, Chavalit Krairisk, after a roadside bomb struck their vehicle, officials said.