Dou­ble ex­plo­sions oc­cur out­side su­per­mar­ket

New Straits Times - - World -

PATTANI in a large fire­ball, send­ing by­standers run­ning for cover.

Po­lice were on the scene and ap­peared to be en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to move back when the sec­ond blast struck.

A large swathe of the su­per­mar­ket store­front had been blown away, re­placed by a twisted mess of charred metal.

Most of the in­jured were dis­charged af­ter re­ceiv­ing treat­ment, but 21 with se­ri­ous in­juries were hos­pi­talised, said Arun Prasert­suk, deputy direc­tor of Pattani Hos­pi­tal.

Near-daily shoot­ings and bomb at­tacks have claimed more than 6,800 lives since 2004, with both sides ac­cused of rights abuses. there are no ac­cu­rate death tolls avail­able for South Su­dan, one of the world’s least de­vel­oped na­tions. Many South Su­danese refugees have fled into neigh­bour­ing

The United Na­tions Chil­dren’s Fund (Unicef) con­demned those be­hind the blasts for tar­get­ing an area where chil­dren would be present.

“No child’s life should ever be put at risk this way. This is wholly un­ac­cept­able,” said Unicef ’s Thai­land rep­re­sen­ta­tive Thomas Davin. Agen­cies Uganda, Kenya, Su­dan or Ethiopia, na­tions which are al­ready strug­gling to pro­vide enough food and re­sources for their own pop­u­la­tions. Reuters


The view of the blast site out­side the Big C su­per­mar­ket in Pattani, Thai­land, yes­ter­day.


A dis­placed boy from South Su­dan stand­ing next to fam­ily be­long­ings in Lamwo af­ter flee­ing fight­ing in Pa­jok town across the bor­der in north­ern Uganda on Fri­day.

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