Blasts hit southern Thailand’s Pattani, killing one

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On 24 August 2016 saa 03:07
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Two bombs target pub and karaoke bar in troubled southern province, killing one person and injuring 30 others.

One person has been killed and 30 others injured after two bombs exploded in a busy nightlife district in Thailand’s troubled southern province of Pattani, according to local news media.

The first bomb targeted a pub and karaoke bar late on Tuesday causing no casualties, before a second blast struck the same area 20 minutes later in an apparent "double-tap attack", the Bangkok Post newspaper said.

The second bomb was designed "to maximise casualties", Yutthanam Petchmuang, a spokesman for Internal Security Operations Command, told local broadcaster Spring News.

"The second explosion came from a truck parked at the hotel entrance ... resulting in one death and 30 injuries."

Earlier this month a series of bombings across central and southern Thailand left four people dead and more than 30 injured.

No group has claimed responsibility for the August 11-12 bombings but some security experts have blamed southern secessionist groups.

Since 2004, more than 6,200 have been killed and 11,000 injured as rebel groups fight for the creation of an independent state for Thailand’s three southern Muslim-majority provinces: Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat.

Most embassies warn nationals against all travel to Pattani - an area bordering Malaysia - that Thailand annexed over a century ago.

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Near-daily shootings and roadside bombs have killed more than 6,500 people since 2004