Timeline: Bombs rock southern provinces

Timeline: Bombs rock southern provinces

Police seal off the area near the clock tower in Hua Hin after bombings on Friday morning. (Photo by Pattanapong Hirunard)
Police seal off the area near the clock tower in Hua Hin after bombings on Friday morning. (Photo by Pattanapong Hirunard)

It began in Trang where a bomb exploded at Centre Point market 3pm on Thursday. Two more went off on a tourist spot in Hua Hin seven hours later. Since then, a series of fires and bombings have been reported in various southern provinces.

At a news briefing on Friday afternoon, police gave details of a total of 13 incidents. The Public Health Ministry reported four people were killed and 35 were injured since Wednesday.

Wednesday, Aug 10

6.30pm: Two suspected bombs were reported in Patong subdistrict in Kathu district of Phuket. They were hidden at a garment stall in Paradise Market and a garment shop in the China Town market. They were low-pressure time bombs detonated by mobile phones. The bombs were destroyed. Two men were detained for questioning.

Thursday, Aug 11

3pm: A bomb went off at Centre Point Market in Muang district, Trang province. One man died and six were injured.

10.15pm: Two bombs exploded at the John 56 beer bar in Hua Hin.

11pm: A bomb went off at the Raintree spa in Hua Hin. One woman died and 21 were injured in the two incidents in Hua Hin.

Friday, Aug 12

7.45am: A bomb went off at the Loma public park in Patong district, Phuket. One person was slightly injured.

8am A bomb exploded in front of the Muang Surat police station in Surat Thani. No one was injured.

8.45am A bomb went off at a traffic control box in Kathu district, Phuket. No one was injured.

9am: Two bombs went off five minutes apart in Hua Hin. They were hidden in plant pots under the town's clock tower, killing one and wounding three.

10am: Two bombs went off in front of Bang Miang in Ta Kua Pa district of Phangnga province. Two vehicles were damaged.

9.30am: A suspicious object was found in a potato-chip can in front of the Ban Thai Hotel in Phuket. 

Fires also reported

Apart from the bombings, fires were reported in five southern provinces on Friday. Authorities have yet to confirm whether they were related to the bomb attacks.

2.15am: A fire gutted a weekend market, a popular shopping venue among tourists, in Khao Lak, Phangnga.

3am: A fire broke out at a garment-souvenir shop in Ao Nang, Krabi.

3.30am: A fire broke out at the Taveesin Plastic shophouse on Kanchanavithee Road in Surat Thani. The damage was estimated at 10 million baht.

4.00am: A fire burned down the Lee Mart Super Ka Song, formerly Diamond Store, on Satanee Road in Trang. No one was injured. Damage was estimated at 100 million baht.

8am: A fire broke out in the snack section of a Tesco Lotus store in Muang district, Nakhon Si Thammarat, causing damage worth about 100,000 baht. There were no casualties.

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