BANGKOK: Bombers set off a minimum of 13 blasts in a city in southern Thailand in a single day, and police killed two suspected insurgents in a separate raid after a 20-hour siege in a close-by province, authorities mentioned on Saturday (Jan 29).
While officers didn’t hyperlink the two incidents instantly, the violence got here weeks after the federal government reopened a dialogue with insurgents from a Malay-Muslim minority in the southern a part of the Buddhist-majority nation.
The siege came about in Narathiwat province, the place a mixed drive of troopers and police surrounded a home in the Ra-ngae district on Friday, following a tip-off that suspects linked to bomb attacks final yr had been hiding inside.
Authorities mentioned they tried to barter with the suspects, earlier than lastly raiding the home. One volunteer ranger was harm and the two suspects killed in the raid.
Separately, one individual was injured when a minimum of 13 small explosions struck the city of Yala late on Friday, totally on roadsides in entrance of comfort shops, retailers, a market, an animal hospital and a automobile restore store, mentioned deputy police spokesman Kissing Phathanacharoen.
On Saturday police discovered a minimum of three bombs that had not exploded, constructed from spray cans and metallic pipes with timers hooked up.
Kissana mentioned police suspect the explosions had been aimed toward inflicting a disturbance greater than injury or accidents.
As with most attacks in Thailand’s deep south, there was no declare of accountability. The predominant insurgent group in the area, Barisan Revolusi Nasional, didn’t instantly reply to a Reuters request for remark.
More than 7,300 folks have died since 2004 in a separatist insurgency in Thailand’s largely ethnic Malay provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat, in keeping with the Deep South Watch group which displays the violence.
Rebel teams have known as for independence for these provinces bordering Malaysia, which had been a part of a sultanate known as Patani annexed by Thailand in 1909 as a part of a treaty with Britain.
The Thai authorities has restarted a peace dialogue with the principle rebel group after a two-year break of talks as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.