One killed as rash of bombings hits Yala

national April 07, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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A series of explosions rocked Yala yesterday, killing at least one and injuring more than a dozen in the heart of the town, provincial Governor Dejrat Simsiri said.

The first of four blasts went off at the Coliseum intersection at about 4pm. The second was in front of Raja Furniture shop, the third at an ATM machine in front of the provincial electricity office and the fourth at the Fa Sai shop. The most serious was at Raja Furniture on Sirorote Road, where an unknown person was found dead and a fire broke out after. 
The body of the victim was burnt beyond recognition, police said. Fire officials fought the blaze at the shop, while many injured were admitted to a hospital in the province. 
Ten wooden buildings in the area where damaged, police said. A Toyota pickup was found damaged near the furniture shop, according to police, who suspected the bombs were carried in the vehicle. 
Police hoped surveillance-camera footage in the areas might be of use in identifying suspects behind the bombings. 
Yala is one of several hot spots in the predominantly Muslim deep-South, where violence erupted in early 2004 and has killed more than 5,000 people so far. The government believes separatist movements are behind the violence.

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