Car bomb kills one, hurts 31 at Narathiwat police flats

Car bomb kills one, hurts 31 at Narathiwat police flats

A building used to accommodate police officers is hit by a car bomb explosion in Muang district, Narathiwat, yesterday. One police officer was killed, and 31 people were confirmed injured. POLICE PHOTO
A building used to accommodate police officers is hit by a car bomb explosion in Muang district, Narathiwat, yesterday. One police officer was killed, and 31 people were confirmed injured. POLICE PHOTO

NARATHIWAT: A police officer was killed and at least 31 other people were injured when a car bomb exploded at a block of police flats in Muang district yesterday.

Muang police superintendent, Pol Col Jeffrey Salaimankul, said an explosion was reported at 12.45pm in tambon Bang Nak, near Nara Sikalai School.

According to an investigation by the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) of Region 4's Forward Command, a man in police clothing was seen driving a pickup truck into the flats. He left as soon as he parked the vehicle, which exploded not long after.

The explosion caused severe damage to some of the flats, as well as cars and motorcycles in the area. The blast also caused a fire, which was promptly extinguished by responding officers. Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) police were immediately sent to the scene.

Pol Capt Suthirak Panthaniya, a deputy traffic police inspector, was killed in the blast. Twelve other policemen, who were not identified, were injured, said Pol Col Jeffrey. In total, 31 people were injured, two of them seriously. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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