PATTANI, Thailand: At least five people were killed and almost 40 more were wounded Friday after a car bomb detonated in a packed market in Thailand's insurgency-hit south, officials told AFP.

"As of now five (are) dead including a paramilitary ranger and four civilians," a Sai Buri district hospital official told AFP, adding 14 of the wounded were in "serious condition".

Local police confirmed the death toll and said 37 had been wounded, among them 25 civilians.