Bombs injure 25 outside SBPAC in Yala
published : 17 Mar 2020 at 16:32
updated: 17 Mar 2020 at 16:49
YALA: Twenty-five people were injured when two bombs exploded in front of the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Centre in Muang district on Tuesday morning.
The injured included five local reporters, police, soldiers and local officials.
Security camera recordings showed a man parking a pickup truck loaded with steel bars and wood near the SPBAC name board, police said. The man then left on a motorcycle driven by an accomplice.
About 10.30am, a bomb went off in front of the SPBAC. Ten minutes later, the pickup exploded .
Police said the first bomb was a trap, intended to draw people to the scene. They were targeted by the car bomb.
After the first explosion, the SPBAC secretary-general had instructed local people who gathered to have a look to stay in the grounds of the SPBAC, otherwise there would have been more casualties.
The attack occurred while the SBPAC secretary-general, RrAdm Somkiart Pholprayoon, was meeting with governors and health officials to discuss the coronavirus situation in five southern provinces.
Initial reports of injuries were sketchy. Siamrath Online reported that five police and three local reporters were wounded. Thai PBS reported that 18 people were hurt.
Police later confirmed 25 people were injured. There were no initial reports of fatalities.
Bomb debris in front of the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Centre. (Photo supplied)