UPDATE: 8 hurt by S. Kolok bomb

Eight people were injured in the car-bomb explosion at a computer company in Narathiwat’s Sungai Kolok on Friday morning, said Pol Lt Sakkapong Kerdpol, duty officer at Sungai Kolok police station.

After more than three hours, firefighters had managed to bring the flames the explosion started at the company’s building and nearby commercial buildings under control, he said.

Pol Lt Sakkapong said the owner of the computer company and three family members were stranded after fleeing on to the roof, but were later brought down to safety.

Police inspected the scene and found pieces of a pickup truck, with a fake licence plate SY6602 Bangkok, in which a 50-kilogramme improvised bomb, detonated by radio, was hidden inside.

Investigators  concluded that militants parked the pickup truck in front of the company premises about 6am. As  a police patrol car later went past the spot, the bomb was detonated.

The police travelling in the patrol car were not hurt, but the company's owner and three family members, and four passing residents returning from a nearby fresh market, were injured in the explosion.

Chief of Sungai Kolok police station ordered police to view footage from close-circuit TV cameras installed in the area and hunt down the bombers.

A separatist movement group in the far South had earlier distributed leaflets stating that it would carry out major attacks against state authorities ahead of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

The injured victims are;

1) Charoenchai Udomlersatkul, 74, the computer company’s owner
2) Thaweesak Udomlertsakul, 45, Mr Charoenchai’s son
3) Sunee Udomlertsakul, 35, Mr Charoenchai’s daughter
4) Supassorn Tiyarattanachai, Mr Charoenchai’s daughter-in-law
5) Pichai Thongchompunuch, 53
6) Sama-air Waema, 62
7) Ameera Jehsoh, 31, and
8) Rusman Ma-useng, 41

They were all taken to Sungai Kolok hospital.

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