PATTANI, Thailand – Three people were killed and 73 injured after insurgents launched simultaneous attacks at 15 locations in Pattani on Saturday (May 24th), local media reported.
The dead were identified as Somphorn Kahesaksit, 47, Aphisit Mungmaithanarak, 18, and Muhammad Ilfan Shide, 5, according to The Nation.
The attacks prompted the navy to impose maximum security levels at all military units and airports, The Bangkok Post reported. One navy ship was damaged in the attacks, the first time a ship was targeted since the start of the insurgency. Two naval officers were slightly wounded.
Also, five convenience stores were damaged, and power and water utilities were knocked out in Muang district. Three people were in the intensive care unit and a 2-year-old was undergoing treatment for shrapnel wounds and for cerebral haemorrhage, The Nation reported.
Two power poles were also toppled in Narathiwat at the same time as the Muang attacks.
Banpote Poolpien, Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) spokesman, connected the attacks to the political uncertainty in Bangkok after a military coup last week, according to the Post.