Car bomb kills 5, injures 50 in southern Thailand
A powerful car bomb exploded at a market in Pattani province yesterday, killing six people and injuring scores of people, including security officers who were lured to the bomb scene.
The bomb went off about 12:30 p.m. at Taluban municipality market in Sai Buri district. Several shop-houses were set ablaze. The blast killed six people, two who died instantly at the scene, and injured almost 50 people, including police, defense volunteers and civilians. Of the wounded, 10 were seriously injured.
The bomb went off when a team of police and defense volunteers were lured to a gold shop, opposite a motorcycle repair shop where the car with the bomb was parked.
The officers went to the gold shop after a phone tip that an unknown number of armed men had earlier opened fire on the shop, which is only 100 meters from the police station.
The explosion caused damage to several shophouses. Many cars and motorcyles caught fire.
Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha admitted
terrorism violence still existed in the far South even if a group of 93 southern terrorists rebels recently turned themselves to authorities as there were several groups of terrorists insurgents.
Speaking after his visit to Indonesia, the army chief said he had discussed the southern situation with his Indonesian counterpart. He quoted the Indonesian army chief of staff Gen Pramono Edhie Wibowo as saying that Thailand was on the right track to solve the problem.
He said he would give justice to
terrorists insurgents who surrendered and to victims of southern violence. Gen Prayuth said terrorists insurgents involved in minor offences such as strewing metal spikes on roads may not face punishment, but those involved in serious offenses would not escape legal action.
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