Three motorcycle bombs injure 12 people in Southern Thailand

Thai soldiers and plain clothes members of a police bomb squad inspect the wreckage of a motorcycle at a blast site in Sungai Kolok, Narathiwat province, on April 9, 2018. Multiple motorcycle bomb blasts on April 9, in Thailand’s restive southern province of Narathiwat have allegedly left over a dozen of people injured. / AFP PHOTO / Madaree TOHLALA

BANGKOK (AP) – Three bombs that injured 12 people in a town on Thailand’s border with Malaysia were likely planted by insurgents, police said yesterday.

Police Lt Traipop Donprailao said the bombs, connected to timers and concealed in parked motorcycles, exploded Monday near a small restaurant, a karaoke bar and a hotel in Sungai Kolok in Narathiwat province.

Four of those injured in the attack remained hospitalised yesterday, said one of his colleagues, police Cpl Ratt Chanthachalee. All twelve injured were Thai citizens, none were tourists.

A low-level insurgency carried out by shadowy separatists in Thailand’s three southernmost provinces of Narathiwat, Yala and Pattani has left about 7,000 people dead since 2004. The three provinces are the only ones who complain that they are often treated as second-class citizens.

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