Bomb blast in southern Thailand, 10 killed more than 100 injured
At least 10 people were killed and more than 100 wounded as three bombs detonated in Thailand’s strife-torn far south
Saturday, the authorities said.
The three bombs, on motorcycles, exploded between about noon and 12:30 p.m. in Yala town, said Army Colonel Parinya Chaydilok.
They were detonated minutes apart in different parts of Yala’s central business district, he said.
“The bombs were (intended) to damage any peace efforts,” Col. Parinya said.
In a separate attack in neighbouring Pattani province, a police officer was wounded by a bomb at about 2 p.m., officials said, but gave no details.
Meanwhile, the authorities said a fire late Saturday that killed four and injured more than 100 at a hotel in Hat Yai, 160 kilometres from Yala, had started with a gas pipeline explosion, and not a bomb as they had said earlier.
An estimated 5,000 people have been killed and thousands more wounded since a separatist insurgency flared up in 2004 in Thailand’s three southernmost provinces of Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala.