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New explosions in Thailand: car bomb kills one in Pattani hotel

Another wave of bomb atacks hit Thailand Tuesday night, killing one and injuring more than 30 people in two separate blasts which hit the popular Southern Hotel in the coastal resort of Pattani, in Central Thailand.

The first blast in a car park behind the Southern Hotel caused no casualties, according to Thai police officials. A second bomb detonated a couple of minutes later, apparently targeting onlookers and security and medical teams which responded to the first blast.

“The second explosion came from a truck parked at the hotel entrance, opposite a karaoke bar and a massage parlour, resulting in one death and 30 injuries,” Police Lieutenant Colonel Winyu Tiamraj told Reuters on Wednesday.bomb1

The bomb killed a local, 35-year old Oraphan Sriuenhat, according to the state run Thai News Agency, quoting police officials.

The hotel is known as a hotspot for foreign tourists visiting Pattani, and the attack’s aftermath was captured by locals and tourists alike, with many photos and videos posted on social media. The interior of the hotel is wrecked by the deflagration, with rooms destroyed and floors collapsed. One of the building’s walls looks to have been blown away by the blast, and the rest of the hotel was set ablaze.

The attack is just the latest in an unprecedented wave of explosions which targeted popular tourist spots like Hua Hin and Phuket in central Thailand in the past month, which saw 4 people killed. No groups or individuals have claimed responsibility for the attacks, but some police and security officials have blamed southern insurgents from the predominantly Muslim southern provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat.

Chaktip Chaijinda, the national police chief, said Monday that 20 people were involved in those bombs; at least two people have been arrested in connection with the attacks. Thai officials have stressed that the bombs are not in anz waz linked with foreign islamist militants.

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