South Thailand hit by serial blasts

Explosions blamed on suspected separatists kill one person and injure 27 others.

    After one bomb was defused at a hotel, five devices struck two other hotels nearby [AFP]
    He said police managed to defuse one bomb at a hotel in the Muslim-majority region, but five devices struck two other hotels nearby.

    Hidden explosives

    The first blasts hit at about 12.40am (1740 GMT Sunday), sending people fleeing into a hotel car park, where another bomb was hidden.

    A police officer in Thailand's southern Narathiwat province said that explosives had been packed into cigarette packets, which were planted inside a hotel disco.

    Another blast hit a hotel karaoke bar, he said.

    Later in nearby Yala province, one person was killed and four were injured when a bomb hidden in a motorcycle exploded outside a restaurant, police said.

    More than 2,800 people have been killed in four years of separatist unrest in Thailand's south, which was an ethnic Malay sultanate until Buddhist Thailand annexed it a century ago, provoking decades of tension.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Where are all the women leaders?

    Where are all the women leaders?

    Kamala Harris makes history as US vice presidential candidate, but barriers remain for women in power around the world.

    A new master's house: The architect decolonising Nigerian design

    A new master's house: The architect decolonising Nigerian design

    Demas Nwoko's structures are a model of culturally relevant and sustainable African design.

    Senegal's village of women

    Senegal's village of women

    Women in northeast Senegal are using solar-powered irrigation to farm food and halt the encroaching desert.