Governor of southern province of Pattani survived a bomb attack on Tuesday, police said.
A hidden-bomb was detonated on a road near Bang Ma Ruat village in Panare town when a Ford Fortuner vehicle carrying Niphon Narapithakkul was passing by around 11:40 a.m., Bangkok Post online quoted police as saying.
The attack occured when Niphon was returning to his office from an opening ceremony of an exhibition at a private religious school. Tyres of the vehicle were deflated by the explosion, but he ordered the driver to speed away, it reported.
The governor and his entourage were all safe and a police bomb disposal team was sent to examine the scene.
Thailand's deep South comprises mainly the three southernmost provinces of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, and some parts of Songkla province. More than 4,000 have been killed by almost daily attacks by suspected separatists since January 2004.