Bangkok: Police say at least nine bombs have exploded in Thailand`s restive south, killing two people and wounding dozens. The blasts were in a southern province that is facing an Islamic insurgency.
Pattani provincial police chief Phote Suaisuwan says today`s blasts hit four 7-11 convenience stores, two gasoline stations and three other locations.
Phote says a hospital reported that it treated 52 people and had two dead bodies.
It was unlikely that the blasts were related to the military coup staged in Thailand`s capital this past week, though insurgents may have been emboldened by the development.
More than 5,000 people have been killed since the insurgency flared in 2004 in Thailand`s predominantly Muslim south. Thai Muslims complain of being treated as second-class citizens by the Buddhist majority.