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Isoc blames insurgent group for Narathiwat blasts

Apr 10. 2018
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By The Nation

Three motorcycle blasts in Narathiwat’s Sungai Kolok district on Monday were likely set off by an organised militant movement that aims to spread chaos and fear in the far South and damage the atmosphere for tourism and economic development, according to the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) Region 4.

Colonel Thanawee Suwannarat, deputy spokesman of Isoc Region 4's forward command, on Tuesday called on all sides to condemn the insurgents who allegedly carried out these “inhumane, extremist and illegitimate attacks that violate human rights”.

The simultaneous blasts went off at around 6pm on Monday at three locations, leaving 13 people injured and causing damage to property. As of press time, four victims were in still hospital while the others, who had minor wounds, were discharged.

Thanawee offered his sympathies to the wounded victims and their families and said the authorities would beef up security to maintain peace in the region. He said the officers would gather evidence and check CCTV footage to bring the culprits to justice.

Thanawee said the first bomb exploded in front of Wat Kolok-Thepwimon on Prachawiwat Road Soi 4, resulting in one minor injury. The second bomb exploded behind Plaza Hotel, leaving six injured, and the third bomb was detonated in front of a Thai-Chinese food restaurant on Prachawiwat Road’s Soi 3, which also left six injured.

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