Car, motorcycle bombs injure 13 in southern Thailand

A car bomb is on fire after it was detonated by separatist militants in Narathiwat’s Muang distirct on Friday. (AFP photo)

Car and motorcycle bombings in Narathiwat province on Friday injured 13 and damaged 20 buildings in Muang district.

A third bomb attempt failed when someone threw a dud grenade at a restaurant on the road leading to Yi-ngo district. It did not explode and ordnance-disposal officers collected and destroyed it.

The first explosion came from a pickup truck stuffed with explosives parked outside a restaurant on the main road near the Isuzu showroom intersection at 1.06pm, said Pol Lt Gen Anurut Kritsanakaraket, commander of the Southern Border Provinces Police Operation Centre.

They said the bomb was detonated by radio while the employees of the car company were out to launch. About 20 food shops and a karaoke bar were damaged by the powerful blast. Torn corrugated roofing, electrical wires, shattered glass and the charred shell of the car littered the street as police secured the area, according to an AFP witness…

It has been fairly quiet lately. I suspect the new leaders of Thailand (there was coup last year) are being far more forceful about Islamic separatists in the south.

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