It’s a war zone. It’s a paradise!
In less than 24 hours, Bomb Attacks in Thailand were launched in Trang, Hua Hin, Surat Thani, and Patong in Phuket, killing at least 4 and injuring more than 30.
These coordinated attacks, targets, and locations with no regard to the Queen’s birthday! Typical ISIS tactics. Wake up Junta before it’s too late.
Bomb Attacks in Thailand
3:00 pm on Thursday in Trang: Explosion at the Center Point shopping mall. 1 killed and 6 injured.
10:00 pm on Thursday in Hua Hin: 2 explosions. a Thai woman killed and 21 injured including 9 foreign tourists.
8:00 am on Friday in Surat Thani: 2 explosions, one in front of the marine police station and the other explosion in front of Mueang Surat Thani police station. 1 killed and 3 injured.
Nearly at the same time, In Phuket, a bomb went off in front of a police booth at the end of Walking Street Road in Thawiwong Road in Patong district. A motorcycle taxi driver was slightly injured. Police safely disposed another bomb at the Loma beach.
Then at 9 am, two more explosions reportedly occurred at the clock tower in Hua Hin. 1 killed, 3 wounded
Thailand’s southern insurgency
Initial investigations reveal that two types of bombs were used, which are fire bombs and improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. The bombings followed a similar pattern used in the southern parts of the country.
If southern rebels are behind these attacks, it would mark a significant change of tactics. The 12-year conflict in the south has killed more than 6,000 people, but has never targeted tourists.
Security has been tightened in the tourist areas and at airports in southern Thailand.
- The country’s Muslim minority largely originates in the three southernmost provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat
- Insurgents have been fighting since the early 2000s for an independent Islamic state modelled on the old Malay sultanate of Pattani
- Security forces, government workers and local Buddhist communities have been targeted in drive-by shootings, bombings and beheading
- The violence has been largely confined to the south
- The Thai military and pro-government vigilantes have been accused of a heavy-handed response, including the torture and execution of prisoners
- Home-made bombs have previously been used by attackers in Thailand at times of political unrest, but since the military took power in a coup in May 2014 such attacks have been extremely rare.This comes just days before the one-year anniversary of a bomb blast at the Erawan shrine in Bangkok that killed 20 people.