Noodle shop bomb kills 1 and wounds 18
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. –