Southern blasts kill one, injure 13

Southern blasts kill one, injure 13

Villagers and officials inspect damage at a beef barbecue restaurant in Sungai Kolok district of Narathiwat on Friday night. (Photo by Waedao Harai)
Villagers and officials inspect damage at a beef barbecue restaurant in Sungai Kolok district of Narathiwat on Friday night. (Photo by Waedao Harai)

One person was killed and a total of 13 injured in four separate bomb atacks on Friday evening in the restive southern provinces of Songkhla and Narathiwat.

In Songkhla, a motorcycle bomb exploded in Padang Besar subdistrict of Sadao district at 8.45pm Friday. A woman was killed and five others were injured.

The motorcycle was parked beside a Siam Commercial Bank branch near a police booth.

In Narathiwat, eight people were injured in an explosion at a karaoke shop, which followed two other incidents targeting restaurants. All of the incidents took place in Sungai Kolok district of the southernmost province.

The first two incidents involved homemade pipe bombs that the same pillion rider hurled into the restaurants at 6.50pm, witnesses said.

The targets were the Jenny restaurant on Luk Sua Anusorn 4 Road, and a Korean-style beef barbecue restaurant named Phat on Luk Sua Anusorn 5 Road, about 300 metres away from the first site.

Damage to the restaurants was minimal. No one was injured because the first restaurant was empty at the time while the other bomb hit the roof of the second restaurant.

While security officials were examining both locations, another bomb in a steel box went off by Prachawiwat 2 Road. Its impact shattered the front windowpanes of the Busaba Karaoke shop, injuring eight people and damaging a vehicle.

Two of the injured people were women identified as Kanyarat Wanthong, 27, and Anny Iamsri.


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