Four tourists killed in Thailand bombing, many wounded

Posted on September 17, 2011 • Filed under: Asia, Tourist Killed, Tourist Warning

Authorities dispatched two teams to hunt for the perpetrators along the Malaysian border, and suggested the attacks might have been retaliation by a drug syndicate for a recent anti-narcotics operation.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday sent deputy police chief General Adul Saengsingkaew to oversee efforts to tackle the unrest in the deep South. Declining to speculate on whether the timing of the attack was related to the recent change in government, Yingluck said she would discuss ways to restore peace in the three southernmost provinces… , Read Article

Shaken Sungai Kolok residents said the attacks were the most severe to have hit the district. Resident Anchalee Udomsilpa said this was the worst incident since the unrest erupted in 2004. “I can still feel the shaking caused by the third bomb, which was followed by a blackout. I was so frightened; I didn’t know where the bomb had gone off, only that it was near,” she recalled.

In the neighbouring province of Pattani, security officials set up checkpoints in 12 districts around the clock to look for suspicious vehicles, as intelligence officials warned of possible further attacks in busy areas of Pattani town. Meanwhile, 29-year-old paramilitary volunteer ranger Anan Rattana, the sole survivor of Thursday’s ambush on his six-strong team in Pattani’s Ka Pho district, was recovering from serious injuries and expected to be taken off a respirator today.


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