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Series of blasts hit southern Thailand on Queen's birthday
   2016-08-12 15:06:42    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Huang Yue

Photo taken on Aug. 11, 2016 shows medical staff treating the injured in a hospital in Hua Hin, Thailand. Local police confirmed that a Thai was killed and 20 people, including foreign tourists, have been injured after two bombs exploded in Hua Hin just before midnight, Thai media reported. [Photo: Xinhua]

A series of bomb blasts have rocked Thailand's southern provinces over the past day, killing at least 2 people and injuring many others.

Two blasts took place separately last night in Hua Hin beach resort and a beer bar nearby, killing one person and injuring 22 others, including foreign travelers.

Police say the blasts, with a 30-minute interval, were remotely detonated by unknown bombers.

The victim in Hua Hin was identified as a Thai female with the 20 injured there foreigners, mostly from Europe.

Elsewhere, one person was killed and several others injured in a blast in the southern Thai province of Surat Thani at around 8:00 am on Friday.

The explosion took place outside a provincial marine police unit and the victim was identified as a 52-year-old Thai female.

Around 40 minutes later, two bombs exploded near Patong beach on Phuket Island, injuring a motorcycle taxi driver.

At about 9:00 a.m. local time, two bombs went off again in Hua Hin, injuring five.

And half an hour later, several bombs exploded in Phang Nga province, but caused no injuries.

Besides the bomb blasts, major fires were also reported in markets in several southern provinces. Many of the targeted places are tourist hotspots.

Police believe the bombings were caused by the same gang, but not linked to Islamic militants.

"It's too soon to jump to any conclusions as to what may have caused the incident. What we know for sure is that the incidents do not link directly with any kinds of terrorism. It's in fact, the locals' sabotage by which we are trying to identify those suspects who are behind the scene. So it is still too soon to jump to any conclusion. However, apparently, there are no conflicts in Thailand that could lead to terrorists in the country, so that's why we can, presumably, say that the incidents were not caused by a terrorist attack."

At this point, no Chinese casualties have been reported.

Police say the reason behind these incidents remains unclear.

The violence took place as country marks Queen Sirikit's 84th birthday or the Mother's Day.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said that some heartless Thais are making trouble, adding that the government will do its best to secure the country.


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