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Police believe that Saturday’s bombings in Yala and Hat Yai were coordinated and they know who is responsible
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The scene on Saturday shortly after two bombs exploded in downtown Yala. MUHAMMAD AYUB PATHAN
Police identify bomb suspects
Sahudin Tohjehmah, whose group is reportedly active in Yala’s Raman district, is suspected of being the mastermind behind the multiple bombings in Yala on Saturday. MUHAMMAD AYUB PATHAN
Police have identified the insurgent gang they believe planted the car bombs in Yala and Hat Yai on Saturday which killed 14 people.
Police believe further attacks are likely in Hat Yai, and have identified the four vehicles which they say could be used to plant the bombs.
The blast on Saturday at the Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel and shopping mall was caused by explosives left in a stolen vehicle, abandoned in the hotel's carpark, they confirmed Sunday.
They say the triple blasts in downtown Yala – which occurred about the same time and took 11 of the 14 lives – were also planted in stolen vehicles.
Insurgents stole most of the vehicles in previous attacks on security targets.
The vehicles police believe could be deployed in further attacks in Hat Yai were identified as a blue Isuzu pickup truck, a bronze Isuzu pickup, a white Toyota pickup and a black Honda sedan.
Police believe insurgents may have used them as getaway vehicles as they left the scene of the Saturday blasts.
Security footage shows suspected insurgents leaving the scene of the intended blasts in Yala in a Isuzu pickup truck and a Toyota pickup truck. In Hat Yai, they left in a black Honda sedan.
National police chief Priewpan Damapong said he believes the blasts were coordinated and mounted by the same people.
Eight of the 11 people killed in Yala died at the scene. Another three died later at hospital. About 100 people were injured, including 31 people who were were hospitalised, 10 in a serious condition. In Hat Yai, three people were killed in the hotel blaze, and more than 350 injured. Of these, 133 were still being treated in hospital yesterday.
The black Honda Civic sedan in which suspected insurgents left the scene of the hotel belonged to 39-year-old Thanasorn Kuasuk, an officer in Narathiwat's Si Sakhon district who was shot and killed in his office last October. The assailants fled in his car.
In Yala, police found the Isuzu pickup seen leaving the scene belonged to resident Rohing Da-eso, who earlier reported it stolen.
Insurgents travelled in it on March 9 to attack a security checkpoint in tambon Kalor of Raman district.
The Toyota pickup also caught in security footage was stolen from a market in Muang district on March 20.
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scene – site; a place where something happens or happened สถานที่เกิดเหตุ
identify – to specify who someone is ระบุชื่อ
suspect – a person who is thought to have committed a crime ผู้ต้องสงสัย
insurgent – someone who belongs to a group of people fighting to take control of their country by force กลุ่มก่อการกบถ
plant – (of an explosive) to hide in a place where it can be exploded ฝัง
blast – an explosion การระเบิด
abandoned – left and no longer used ที่ถูกละทิ้ง
triple – three สาม
target –a person, business, building, area, etc., that someone intends to attack เป้าหมาย
deploy – to put in place ready for use นำมาใช้
bronze – a dark reddish-brown metal made by mixing copper and tin ทองสัมฤทธ์, ทองแดง
sedan – a closed car with a front and back seat for passengers รถยนต์ส่วนบุคคลสี่ประตู
mastermind – someone who plans a difficult or complicated operation, especially a crime คนวางแผน
multiple – many มากมาย
security footage – video from a camera that is put in a place to constantly record what happens there ภาพหรือหนังในเทปวิดีโอจากกล้องวงจรปิดเพื่อรักษาการความปลอดภัย
intended – planned; wanted to happen ที่ได้วางแผนไว้ ที่ตั้งใจให้เกิดขึ้น
coordinate – to organise the different parts of a job or plan so that the people involved work together effectively ประสานงานกัน
mount – to fix something into position on something ตั้ง, จัดตั้ง
hospitalise – to send somebody to a hospital for treatment ให้อยู่โรงพยาบาล
mount – to organise and carry out ปฏิบัติการ
blaze – a large fire that cause a lot of damage เพลิง
treat – to provide medical care รักษา
assailant – someone who violently attacks another person ผู้ทำร้าย
fled (past of flee) – escaped; left an area very quickly because of a danger there หนีไป
resident – a person who lives in a particular area ผู้ที่อาศัยในท้องที่