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PATTANI — A hospital appealed for blood Tuesday evening after a pickup truck exploded at the entrance of a supermarket in Pattani province, wounding at least 58 people, including children.

 

Regional police commander Ronnasilp Phusara said unidentified individuals parked the vehicle in front of a Big C shopping center in downtown Pattani before throwing fireworks into the store and fleeing the scene.

 

Once police officers arrived at the scene, the truck exploded, Maj. Gen. Ronnasilp said.

 

Pattani Provincial Hospital said in a statement that 58 people were injured by the blast. There is no fatality so far. The hospital also appealed for blood donations of all types for the victims.

 

The bomb attack devastated parking lot and sections of the supermarket.

 

The southern border provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat have been rocked by waves of secessionist violence since early 2004, a conflict that has claimed more than 6,800 people, many of whom were civilians

 

 

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from: http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/asia/92405856/bombing-in-thailands-south-targets-shoppers-injuring-at-least-56

 

 

.......... The shopping centre was targeted in previous explosions in 2005 and 2012.

 

Attacks have escalated in Thailand's three southern-most provinces of Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala, near the border with Malaysia, since mid-April when Thailand's military government rejected the terms of new talks proposed by the Barisan Revolusi Nasional, one of the main insurgent groups.

 

A key demand was that talks include international negotiators and observers.

 

"We must keep this issue from the reach of the international arena," said prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former general who led a 2014 coup to topple a democratically-elected government, after months of political upheaval.

 

Prayuth also said his government will not negotiate with terrorists.

 

Amnesty International's Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, Champa Patel, said the Pattani attack "is a horrific and deliberate attack on civilians, and shows a callous disregard for human life."

 

"Thailand's authorities must immediately order an independent and effective investigation," she said.

 

But Patel said the perpetrators must be brought to justice through fair trials and in line with international standards and without imposing the death penalty.

 

Almost 7000 people have been killed and 12,000 injured since the conflict flared in 2004 when the insurgents demanded more autonomy in the Buddhist-majority country.

 

........................ more at http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/asia/92405856/bombing-in-thailands-south-targets-shoppers-injuring-at-least-56

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Hi,

 

"We must keep this issue from the reach of the international arena,"

 

Of course, can't lose face :(

It is a pointless comment though, because the entire world already knows about this.

 

Sanuk!

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They kill more Muslims than others, but that's irrelevant. Their stated aim is to make the southernmost provinces "ungovernable".

 

I would not be to sure about that, Modus Operandi tends to be detonate bombs during Salah (Muslim Prayers)

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The Muslims they usually target are those who work for the Thai government - as civil servants, defense volunteers etc, Muslim teachers rank high on their list.

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