Muslim insurgents kill eight and injure dozens more in Thailand bomb explosion
A series of bombings in a shopping area in Thailand have killed nine people and injured at least 70.
The devices were hidden in motorcycles and cars and detonated by mobile phones.
Suspected Islamist insurgents are believed to be behind the attacks that took place when people gathered for lunch in a commercial center in the town of Yala, in the insurgent-ravaged south of the country.
The bombings bear the marks of Muslim insurgents
Governor Dethrat Simsiri said 68 people were injured by three blasts that took place within a radius of 100 meters and just minutes from each other.
He told Thai television that many of the injured were hit by the third bomb, hidden in a car, as they gathered at the scene. A total of 23 were still in hospital, he said.
“We are not sure which group of suspected Muslim insurgents was behind this, but we are looking,” he said.
The first bomb was hidden in a motorcycle parked near a shopping area and detonated by a cell phone around noon, the governor said.
Within minutes, a second bomb hidden in another motorcycle exploded, followed by a third explosion from a device placed in a car that set fire to nearby buildings, he said.
Eight people died and at least 70 were injured in a series of bomb explosions
Such bombings are a common tactic of Islamist separatists who have been waging an insurgency in Thailand’s three southernmost provinces since early 2004.
Such bombings are a common tactic of Islamist separatists who have been waging an insurgency in Thailand’s three southernmost provinces since early 2004. The conflict has claimed more than 5,000 lives.
Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani are the only Muslim-dominated provinces in the predominantly Buddhist country.
Separately, an explosion occurred at a hotel in the town of Hat Yai, in nearby Songkhla province, which officials say was attributed to a gas leak and had nothing to do with the attacks blamed on insurgents.
Several tourists staying at the Lee Gardens Hotel where the explosion happened had inhaled smoke after the afternoon explosion, which took place at a Japanese restaurant on the hotel’s ground floor, police said.
Three blasts took place within 100 meters and only minutes apart