Bombing in Thailand's restive south injures more than 50

Henrietta Brewer
May 10, 2017

At least 40 people were wounded Tuesday when a auto bomb exploded outside a supermarket in Thailand's insurgency-plagued south, police said, the largest attack for months on a civilian target in the troubled zone.

The supermarket's decision to close off the building following the first explosion has been credited with saving many lives.

Bomb blast reported from Muslim dominated province.

The likely culprits are Muslim insurgents, fighting to separate the deep south from the rest of Buddhist Thailand.

Insurgents detonate a vehicle bomb in Thailand.

Muslim insurgents were suspected of the attack, said Rewat Srichantub, Pattani's deputy police chief.

The first smaller explosion was followed by a "huge" auto bomb that injured many people, Preecha Prachumthai of Pattani " s police told dpa.

Shoppers had already been evacuated from the Big C mall in Pattani after attackers set off firecrackers inside.

"The first bomb was small and no one was hurt, but the second bomb was huge".

At least 40 people are injured after a double bombing struck a shopping center in southern Thailand.

Attacks in Thailand's deep south have intensified this year.

The attack also tarnished the image of the country and people as a whole, Pitikarn said.

Global organisations condemned the attack.

There are "high levels of ongoing violence in these areas, including terrorist attacks and bombings that result in deaths and injuries on an nearly daily basis", the Smart Traveller website reads.

The attack happened at about 2:40pm local time, and the explosives went off quickly, one after the other.

UNICEF condemned the attack on a busy civilian area where there are usually many families, calling it "wholly unacceptable" to put children's lives at risk.

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