Narathiwat bomb blasts kill three

November 06, 2012
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NARATHIWAT, Thailand – Yala's police chief has ordered officers to tighten security –including establishing checkpoints on main provincial roads and on inter-district routes – after a pair of deadly blasts in Rueso district in nearby Narathiwat province on Saturday (November 3rd), local media reported.

  • Thai Muslim students hold banners saying

    Thai Muslim students hold banners saying "Stop the violence, stop the loss" as they take part in an anti-violence protest in the the province of Narathiwat on Monday (November 5th). Militant attacks continued in Thailand's Deep South over the weekend, including a pair of blasts in Narathiwat's Rueso district. [Madaree Tohlala/AFP]

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"We have information that insurgents have stolen several motorcycles and cars," Chief Peera Boonliang said, adding that it is believed the stolen vehicles are outfitted with explosives to be set off in public places, as happened Saturday, according to The Bangkok Post.

The two bomb blasts in Narathiwat killed three people and injured 16 others.

According to MCOT Online, the first bomb was in a pick-up truck parked outside the home of a police officer in Rueso. A 3-year-old boy was among those killed. The blast damaged more than ten houses.

In the second blast, also in Rueso, a bomb hidden in a motorcycle attached to a cart exploded in front of a house, wounding seven people and destroying four houses. Investigators say two teams of attackers worked simultaneously.

The Nation reported that arrest warrants will be issued for two suspects, whose images were picked up by CCTV footage.

Meanwhile, separate attacks were reported Sunday in Pattani province. A teacher was shot and injured in the district of Mayo, while another man was shot dead in Khok Pho district. Police are investigating.

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