Published on : Monday, December 23, 2013
Vehicle stolen from the far South was found parked behind a police station in the resort province, with explosives planted inside. Security has been tightened in Phuket.
Among the 27 injured is a girl. Four are in serious condition after the string of bomb attacks which started about noon.
Three locations in Sadao district saw a bomb blast. However, earlier reports said there were four bombs.
Of the injured, six were being treated at Sadao Hospital, 17 others at Padang Besar Hospital and four at Songkhlanakharind Hospital, Songkhla governor Kritsada Boonraj said.
A powerful car bomb is where the first blast took place. It took place around noon near the Oliver Hotel in the heart of the tourist area of Ban Dannok in tambon Samnak Kham municipality.
The blast damaged the hotel and more than 20 shops and entertainment venues in the area.
Nine vehicles parked in the area caught fire as the popular Paragon entertainment complex was burning.
Traffic increased at the Thai-Malaysian border checkpoint in the district as people rushed back to Malaysia.
About two hours earlier, a bomb disposal unit defused devices found in front of a McDonald’s restaurant and outside the Lotus Express store in the tambon. Security authorities were concerned southern insurgents might be trying to expand their target areas from the deep South to other southern provinces.
Bomb blasts were apparently aimed at the district’s economic zone said the Internal Security Operations Command spokesman.
He felt that large quantities of untaxed goods had been seized in the district in recent months. This might be a possible link to the violence.
Meanwhile, bombs were found on a stolen pickup truck outside a Phuket police station.
Police found a grey Isuzu pickup truck loaded with bombs packed inside two cooking gas cylinders parked behind Muang police station.
Bomb disposal officers managed to defuse the devices. It is the first time a suspected car bomb has been discovered in Phuket.
Checks found the pickup truck had belonged to Vithan Yachamnarn, 34, who was shot dead in front of a construction shop in Sai Buri district of Pattani on May 9 by gunmen who then stole his vehicle.
Southern insurgents might be trying to expand their target areas from the deep South to other southern provinces causing concern for the security authorities and tourism in the region.
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