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Rescue workers extinguish a fire at the site of a bomb blast in southern Thailand’s Yala province April 6, 2014

Security has been beefed up in the restive deep South ahead of the long Songkran [Thai New Year] holiday next week, following destructive bombing attacks in Yala over the past two days.

Yesterday’s bomb explosion at a goods warehouse in Yala municipality led to a blaze that caused at least Bt300 million ($9 million US) in damage.

The Sri Samai warehouse is the largest for consumer products in the region and distributes goods to the three southern border provinces of Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani.

A convenience store located next to the warehouse was among four targets attacked yesterday morning.

Authorities in the southern border provinces yesterday began increasing security measures in risky areas.

Yala Governor Dejrat Simsiri said the bombings in the province yesterday and on Sunday were certainly carried out by the same group of people judging from evidence found by investigators.

He said the attacks involved car and motorcycle bombs and were obviously well planned and aimed at undermining the local economy ahead of Songkran.

The governor said the authorities were convinced that yesterday’s explosions were caused by time bombs planted around the same time as those that exploded on Sunday…