One injured in multiple bomb blasts in far southern Thailand

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BANGKOK, Jan 29 (Reuters) – At least one person has been injured in multiple bomb blasts in Thailand’s southern Yala province, police said on Saturday.

At least 13 small explosions hit the town of Yala on Friday evening, mostly along roadsides in front of convenience stores, shops, a market, an animal hospital and an auto service shop, the deputy spokesman for the city said. Kissana Phathanacharoen font.

Police found at least three unexploded improvised explosive devices on Saturday, consisting of spray cans and metal pipes fitted with timers.

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Kissana said police suspected the blasts were meant to cause trouble more than damage or injury.

A decades-old separatist insurgency in Thailand’s predominantly Buddhist Malay and Muslim provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat has claimed the lives of more than 7,300 people since 2004, according to the violence-monitoring group Deep South Watch.

Rebel groups have demanded independence for these provinces bordering Malaysia, which were part of a sultanate called Patani annexed by Thailand in 1909 as part of a treaty with Britain.

Friday’s bombing came just weeks after the Thai government relaunched a peace dialogue with the main insurgent group following a two-year hiatus in talks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As with most bombings in Thailand’s deep south, no one claimed responsibility for Friday’s bombings.

The main rebel group, Barisan Revolusi Nasional, did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

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Reporting by Panu Wongcha-um; Editing by William Mallard

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