Noo­dle shop bomb kills 1 and wounds 18

The Myanmar Times - - World -

ONE per­son was killed and 18 oth­ers were wounded, some of them crit­i­cally, when a bomb ex­ploded out­side a noo­dle shop in Thai­land’s far south, po­lice and wit­nesses said.

The at­tack on Oc­to­ber 24 co­in­cided with the an­niver­sary of the death of dozens of lo­cal Mus­lims at the hands of Thai se­cu­rity forces, an event that kicked off the cur­rent in­sur­gency more than a decade ago.

“One woman, a Thai Bud­dhist, was killed and 18 were in­jured,” Yut­thakarn Chit­ma­nee, an of­fi­cer at Muang Pat­tani po­lice sta­tion said.

An AFP pho­tog­ra­pher on the scene saw mul­ti­ple ca­su­al­ties, some of them with what looked like lifethreat­en­ing in­juries. The noo­dle shop was de­stroyed in the blast.

The king­dom’s Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity “deep south”, an area bor­der­ing Malaysia, has seen near daily bomb­ings and shoot­ings since the most re­cent wave of re­bel­lion erupted in 2004.

On Oc­to­ber 25 of that year, 85 Thai Mus­lims were killed, most of them suf­fo­cat­ing in over-crowded lor­ries af­ter protests were sup­pressed by the mil­i­tary.

More than 6600 peo­ple, mostly civil­ians, have since died in a con­flict that pits eth­nic Malay mil­i­tants seek­ing greater au­ton­omy against se­cu­rity forces from Thai­land’s Bud­dhist­ma­jor­ity state. –

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