Bomb attack hits Thai market

Blast comes as mourners protest at funeral for Buddhist woman shot on Wendnesday.

    Bombings and other attacks have become an almost daily occurence in Thailand's troubled south [Reuters]

    Following Wednesday's shooting some 200 mourners marched the charred body of 25-year-old Patcharaporn Bunmat through Yala town demanding a meeting with government leaders to discuss bolstering security in a region.

    The woman's father told protesters he wanted officials to do more to "ensure the security of Buddhists."


    Mourners demanded better protection
    from the government [AFP]

    The shooting and subsequent protest came as General Sonthi Boonyaratglin, the head of the Thai junta, visited the province to meet local leaders.

    Since a September coup, Thailand's military-installed government has launched a raft of peace measures, but attacks have escalated in the past six months becoming an almost daily occurrence.

    The attacks are blamed on a shadowy group of Muslim fighters who complain that Muslims in southern Thailand are discriminated against in jobs and education by Thailand's Buddhist-dominated government.

    The government's failure to quell the violence - increasingly involving innocent bystanders - has raised fears that Buddhist civilians may start taking the law into their own hands.

    Mainly Buddhist Thailand is on high alert against possible further attacks during the five-day Buddhist New Year holiday, which begins on Friday.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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