Islamic insurgents kill eight and injure dozens more with bomb explosion in Thailand
Nine people were killed and at least 70 were injured in a series of bombings in a shopping area in Thailand.
The devices were hidden in motorcycles and cars and exploded with cell phones.
Suspected Islamic insurgents are supposed to be behind the attacks that took place when people gathered for lunch in a commercial center of the city of Yala, in the insurgent plagued south of the country.
The bomb explosions bear the characteristics of Islamic rebels
Governor Dethrat Simsiri said 68 people were wounded by three explosions that took place within a 100-meter radius and were only minutes away from each other.
He told Thai television that many of the wounded were hit by the third bomb hidden in a car while they met on the spot. A total of 23 remained in the hospital, he said.
& # 39; We don't know for sure which group of alleged Islamic insurgents are behind this, but we do look & he said.
The first bomb was hidden in a motorcycle parked near a shopping area and exploded with a cell phone around noon, the governor said.
Within a few minutes, a second bomb hidden in another motorcycle exploded, followed by a third blast of a device that was placed in a car that set fire to nearby buildings, he said.
Eight people died and at least 70 were wounded in a series of bomb explosions
Such bombings are a common tactic of Islamist separatists who have been revolting since early 2004 in Thailand's three southernmost provinces.
Such bombings are a common tactic of Islamist separatists who have been revolting since early 2004 in Thailand's three southernmost provinces. The conflict has cost more than 5000 lives.
Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani are the only Muslim-dominated provinces in the predominantly Buddhist country.
Separately, an explosion took place in a hotel in Hat Yai City, in nearby Songkhla province, which attributed officials to a gas leak and said it had nothing to do with attacks attributed to insurgents.
Several tourists who stayed at the Lee Gardens Hotel where the explosion took place suffered from smoke inhalation after the afternoon blast, which took place in a Japanese restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel, police said.
Three explosions occurred within a radius of 100 m and only a few minutes apart
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