Seven hurt as car bomb hits Thai tourist island of Samu

Remains of a pickup truck destroyed by a car bomb at Central Festival shopping mall in Koh Samui. Source. (Photo from Twitter user @Nouytnews)

A car bomb on the Thai resort island of Samui has wounded seven people, including an Italian girl, police said Saturday, in a further blow to the country’s tarnished reputation as a top tourist destination.

The bomb, packed inside a Mazda pick-up truck with false number plates, was detonated remotely by mobile phone late Friday in the underground car park of the Central Festival mall, sending late-night shoppers running for safety.

Police said the car had been stolen on March 31 from Yala, one of Thailand’s three southernmost Muslim-majority provinces that have been scorched by a 10-year insurgency in which more than 6,300 people have been killed…