Twin bombs wound 73 in southern Thailand
A car bomb rocked the vegetable market in southern Thailand, another bobm loaded on motercycle exploded within minutes, in these twin bombing incident 73 people injured. There is no report of death.
A car bomb blast at a fruit market and another explosion minutes later at a nearby teashop wounded 73 people in Muslim southern Thailand on Tuesday, where 3,200 people have died in a five-year rebellion, police said.
The first explosion appeared to target an outdoor meeting of village chiefs at a district office in Narathiwat, one of the three southernmost provinces roiled by the violence, police said.
A second device hidden in a motorcycle exploded two minutes later at a tea-shop 100 meters (yards) away, police said.
Five of the victims had shrapnel wounds to the head or torso, and two needed surgery, a state hospital official told Reuters.
Forty were released after treatment for minor injuries, the official added.
Narathiwat and the neighboring provinces of Pattani and Yala, abutting Malaysia, were a Muslim sultanate until annexed by predominantly Bangkok a century ago. Around 80 percent of people there remain Muslim and speak a Malay dialect, not Thai.
The violence has ranged from drive-by shootings and bombings, to beheadings and appears to target both Buddhists and Muslims associated with the Thai state, such as police, soldiers, teachers and government officials.