By Suriya Patathayo,
There was slight damage to property at each of the bomb sites.
National Police chief Pol General Chakthip Chaijinda has ordered officers to investigate the case and make swift arrests of the suspects and to beef up security at key sites. Police have been ordered to search vehicles on main and secondary roads in the provinces, deputy National Police spokesman Colonel Krissana Pattanacharoen said on Sunday.
Police also asked the public to watch out for suspicious items or persons and alert police, Krissana said.
In Phatthalung’s Pak Payoon district, there were nine small bomb explosions between 2am and 4am on Sunday, while Satun’s Mueang district saw four small bomb explosions at two locations – two went off near a police station at 10.30pm on Saturday and two others went off at a grocery shop at 4.20am and 5.10am on Sunday.
The nine targeted locations in Pak Payoon were: two explosions at two separate grocery shops in Moo 3 and Moo 11 of tambon Don Pradu; one outdoor explosion in Moo 11 of Don Pradu; discovery of a suspicious bomb item in Moo 9 of Don Pradu; one explosion in a bicycle shop in tambon Pak Payoon; one explosion in a rubbish bin behind Anubal Pak Payoon School; one outdoor explosion in Pak Payoon; discovery of one suspicious bomb item behind a municipality sign in Pak Payoon; and an explosion inside a park near Phattalung train station.
There were the 10th and the 11th small bomb explosions in Pak Payoon later on Sunday. The 10th bombing was at 10am outside a plant-selling shop but yielded no injury while the 11th bombing took place at 2.35pm at an abandon house near the Pak Payoon Police Station, while officers were waiting for Fourth Army Region chief Lt-General Pornsak Pulsawat to join the police meeting about the earlier bombing. The 11th bomb whose damaging radius was 100 metres was said to be a time bomb.
Police checking CCTV footage found that most of the nine explosions took place around 4am to 4.30am, when two suspects on a motorcycle were spotted circling several spots.
In Mueang Satun, police on Sunday morning inspected the scene where two small bombs went off just outside a grocery shop in Moo 6 of tambon Khlong Khud at 4.20am and 5.10am. Earlier, the Mueang Satun Police Station fence and some glass windows were shattered when a small bomb hidden in rubbish bin exploded at 10.30pm on Saturday; another small bomb went off 5 minutes later at a car park 20 metres away from the first blast site.
District chief Kongsakul said that such explosions, believed to be pipe bombs, in his jurisdiction were likely intended as a threat instead of being intended to kill or harm anyone.