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One killed, 29 injured by twin bombings in S Thailand
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21:50, September 03, 2009

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The latest information showed one was killed and another 29 wounded Thursday in separate bombings that happened almost simultaneously in Thai deep South, Thai media reported on Thursday.

The casualty number was updated from the earlier report of 14 injuries by local media soon after the occurrence of the bombings in the southmost province Pattani.

According to Thai News Agency, 65-year-old Manit Shuprom was killed and 27 others were wounded, some seriously, when at least one bomb was detonated at front of a restaurant Thursday at lunch time. The explosive device was apparently built into a motorcycle parked outside the restaurant.

Almost at the same time another bomb exploded. The bomb was hidden in a motorcycle that parked in front of a convenient store about 100 meters away from the restaurant. The shop owner and her one-year-old son got injured.

Police blamed the bombings on suspected local insurgents.

All of the injured people were rushed to a hospital in Pattani and the investigation team is collecting all evidence and remains.

Meanwhile, Lt-Gen Pichet Wisaijorn, Fourth Army Region Commander, said he saw no need to change strategies to tackle the violence in the southern border provinces, as local residents cooperate with authorities by giving information to officials.

The army chief directed the military to continue to protect the majority -- about 2 million local residents -- while there are about 8,000 presumed insurgents in the restive South, said Pichet.

Thailand's deep South, which includes mainly the three southernmost provinces Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat as well as some parts of Songkla province, has undergone violence by suspected separatists for years, during which at least 3,131 people were killed.

A total of 9,947 violent incidents happened in this area since January 2004 to July 2009, breaking down to 5,162 shootings, 1,612bombings and 1,403 arsons, according to the data released by Southern Border Police Operations Center in early August.

Source: Xinhua

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