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Two blasts rock Hat Yai in southern Thailand
Publication Date : 07-05-2014
The first blast was at a convenience store while the other, which went 10 minutes later, was planted under a confiscated car
Two large bomb attacks were carried out yesterday in Hat Yai business district of Songkhla province in southern Thailand, wounding 10 people and causing large fires and heavy property damage.
Initial reports indicated that about five simultaneous bomb attacks had taken place after the first went off at 1.45pm, but police and provincial authorities later confirmed there were just two.
Hat Yai police chief Pol Colonel Phassakorn Klanwan said multiple explosions of gas cylinders in a car, to which one of the bombs was attached, misled people into believing there were several simultaneous bomb attacks.
However, the first blast was a motorcycle-bomb planted at a convenience store on Phol Phichai Road across from Chunkgolpaktai Technological College, which wounded six, Phassakorn said.
The second bomb, which went off 10 minutes later, was planted underneath a confiscated car parked near the construction site of police flats inside the Hat Yai police station complex, he said. None of the 10 victims, including two policemen, were seriously wounded, provincial governor Krissada Bunraj said.
Phassakorn added that security camera footage would be used to identify who planted the bombs and when they were planted. Police bomb disposal personnel will release details about the type of bombs used.
Fires blazed at the two bomb sites for about an hour before they were extinguished and left many vehicles parked nearby heavily damaged.
A high-ranking security source said later that those behind the bomb attacks were the same group reported to have stolen vehicles - a motorcycle in Yala and a pick-up truck in Pattani.
They allegedly arrived in Hat Yai in the morning, and left after the bombs went off.
The source admitted that security had been lax, and exploited by the attackers.
Meanwhile, national police chief Pol General Adul Saengsingkaew has instructed local police units to be stationed at key locations, while Explosives Ordnance Disposal units were inspecting the sites and determining the sizes and types of both bombs.