Car Bomb Outside Thailand Supermarket Injures 60

May 10th, 2017 | By | Category: News Posts

Radical Islamic insurgents are suspected of carrying out a car-bomb attack in Thailand on Tuesday, May 9. The attack happened outside of a supermarket in the city of Pattani and wounded 60 people.

According to Reuters, “A decades-old separatist insurgency in the largely ethnic Malay Muslim provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat has killed more than 6,500 people since 2004.”

Arun Prasertsuk, the deputy director of Pattani Hospital told a local television channel that most of the wounded were discharged after receiving treatment, but 21victims have more serious injuries and were hospitalized.

The bomb destroyed the front of a Big-C supermarket and scattered debris over a wide area.

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Muslim militants fighting for a separate state in the south of Thailand, a predominantly Buddhist country, are suspected of carrying out the attack. The bomber was believed to have fled before the explosion.

Defense ministry spokesman Kongcheep Tantrawanit said the Thai government condemned the attack and considered it a violation of human rights.

Reuters reports that “Attacks in Thailand’s deep south, near the border with Muslim-majority Malaysia, have intensified this year. Six army rangers were killed in an attack last month. The government recently rejected a conditional offer for peace talks from one of the main insurgent groups, the Barisan Revolusi Nasional, which demanded international mediation or observation.”

 

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