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Three killed in Thai bombings

Last Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 - 20:02

Bangkok: Three people were killed and at least 40 injured in two blasts in restive southern Thailand on Friday.

A car bomb exploded in front of a downtown hotel in Muslim majority district Betong district in Yala province bordering Malaysia at 5 PM local time.

The area was crowded with tourists and local residents shopping for food to eat after fasting.

Initial reports said a man and a woman were killed in the attack.

Police said the attackers concealed about 30 kilos of explosives in a white Mazda which had a fake licence plate.

The explosion damaged the hotel building, cars and motorcycles in the area and sparked a fire in a house and a convenience store.

Earlier today, in nearby Narathiwat district, a roadside bomb killed one paramilitary ranger and injured three of his friends

Security authorities said a small cooking gas cylinder stuffed with explosives was detonated with a communication radio when the four paramilitary rangers were riding two motorcycles back from a teacher protection trip to their base camp.

Thailand is a Buddhist-majority country, but the three southern provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat are majority-Muslim and resistance to central government rule has been there for decades, resurfacing with violence in 2004.

More than 5,000 people have died as a result of the insurrection in the south since January 2004.

The opening of peace talks with rebel groups last year has not achieved much to end violence.

First Published: Friday, July 25, 2014 - 20:02
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