Attack kills 7, injures dozen in southern Thailand

Deadly attacks begin again in southern provinces of Thailand, killing seven people

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Seven people lost their lives and a dozen were injured in separate attacks which hit the southern part of Thailand during the holy month of Ramadan,Thai police announced on Saturday.  

The explosion of four bombs in different districts of war-torn southern part of Thailand left three people dead and wounded twelve others while four people were killed by arson attacks and shooting.

Three people were killed in the Sadao province of southern Songkhla on Friday as a result of an explosion by a motorcycle bomb outside a karaoke bar.

“Three were killed in the blast and four injured,” the deputy police commander for the southern region, Major General Puthichart Ekachant said in a statement after the incident.

Three other bombs went off in the Sungai Kolok district of Southernmost Narathiwat province, injuring eight people shortly after the motorcycle blast, Thailand’s southern regional police told AFP.

Following the explosions, an arson attack claimed three people’s lives in the same district while an unknown number of gunmen shot and killed a 36-year old Muslim man in a nearby area.

There is no information about whether the attacks are linked or not but they occurred during the holy month of Ramadan in the conflict-hit region.

More than 6,300 people have been killed since 2004 in the war-torn region in which rebels seek autonomy for three Muslim dominated provinces near the Malaysian border.

In the Buddhist majority country, both Muslims and Buddhists have been the target of the insurgency. Thailand’s junta government has vowed to halt the violence, rebooting a peace process with the rebel groups which is progressing at a very slow pace.

TRTWorld and agencies