Thailand: Bomb Explosions Kill Two, Injure Many

BenarNews staff
160811-TH-explosion-620.jpg Rescuers assist people wounded in an explosion in Trang, Thailand, Aug. 11, 2016.

Two bombs exploded late Thursday in Thailand’s seaside resort town of Hua Hin, killing a Thai woman and injuring some 19 other people including foreign tourists, media reports said.

The first explosion shortly after 10 p.m. badly injured a food-cart operator in front of a bar, a local police official told The Bangkok Post. The vendor later died of her injuries, Sutthichai Srisopacharoenrat said.

Many more people were injured in the second blast, which took place 20 minutes later and 50 meters away, after a crowd had gathered.

“Of the 19 (wounded), three are in serious condition and seven of the injured are foreigners – four women and three men,” Sutthichai was quoted as saying.

The blasts took place in a nightlife district of the seaside town, a popular weekend getaway about 193 km (120 miles) south of Bangkok.

Local police said the explosive devices were hidden in plant pots and detonated by mobile phone, Thai PBS reported.

Market Explosion Kills One

Earlier Thursday, an explosion at a market in the southern province of Trang killed one man and injured at least 6 other people, police there said.

Trang is about 900 km (560 miles) south of Bangkok and 250 km (155 miles) northwest of the three provinces that comprise Thailand’s violence-wracked Deep South.

CCTV cameras captured images of two suspects in the bombing, which occurred in a market near Trang City Hall at 3 p.m., The Nation reported.

Attackers left a bag containing a bomb in the market and it detonated at a pavilion where seven to eight people were sitting, police and witnesses said.

A 50-year-old vendor was killed and his wife was among the injured, the report said.

Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Kongcheep Tantrawanit said the Trang bombing had no connection to the insurgency in Thailand’s Deep South region but was likely linked to a conflict among local residents, The Nation reported.

Trang Gov. Dejrath Simsiri urged the public to wait for the outcome of an investigation.

“We cannot identify the culprits behind this bombing yet, and we have to wait for officers to look at all the evidence and conclude the investigation. There are many witnesses,” The Nation quoted him as saying.


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