Pattaya Daily News

04 November 2008 :: 16:11:29 pm 40665

Three Bomb Blasts Wound Over 60 in Narathiwat

NARATHIWAT, Nov 4 - Three bomb explosions Tuesday midday near a district office wounded at least 63 persons in the insurgency-plagued province of Narathiwat.
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The remote-controlled bombs went off simultaneously at an open air fruit market and a tea shop near the Sukhirin district office, wher about 300 local officials were in the meeting.

While no deaths have so far been reported, at least 63 persons have been wounded, about 12 sustaining serious injuries. Three cars were destroyed while several others were slightly damaged.

The first bomb was detonated by a mobile phone at the market in front of the district office. The 50-kilogramme bomb was hidden in a car, which was engulfed in flames after the explosion. Shortly after the first explosion, the second bomb went off at a tea shop near the district office while the third bomb, placed at a motorcycle was detonated near the tea shop.

Emergency workers are tending to the wounded, while police gathered evidence at the scene, including fragmenta of mobile telephone SIM cards. (TNA)

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SUKHIRIN, Thailand (AP) – Suspected Muslim insurgents detonated two bombs at a tea stall and shopping area Tuesday in insurgency-wracked southern Thailand, killing one person and wounding at least 71, police said.

It was the largest attack in several months in Thailand’s restive south, which has been gripped by a Muslim insurgency since 2004.

The first blast appeared to target a meeting of 300 village chiefs and local officials from Narathiwat province who were leaving their monthly meeting when the explosion occurred in the building’s parking lot, said police chief Maj. Gen. Surachai Suebsuk. The bomb was hidden inside a parked car.

The building in Sukhirin district also housed an indoor fruit market that was busy with shoppers when the blast occurred about noon, at the start of the normally crowded lunch hour, he said.

“The insurgents aimed to kill,” Surachai said. “Most of the wounded were civilian officials who were leaving the meeting and heading for their cars.”

Minutes later, a second bomb hidden in a motorcycle went off outside a nearby tea shop, Surachai said. The police chief had initially said that three bombs exploded but then said the last blast was caused by an exploding tire, not a bomb.

Cell phone signals were cut off in the area to prevent attackers from triggering new explosions by mobile phone, he said.
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Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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