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Terroists Attacks Kill 14 Thailand

Terroists Attacks Kill 14 Thailand

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More than 5,000 people have been killed in Thailand's three southernmost provinces - Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala - since an Islamist insurgency flared in January 2004.
"This is the worst attack in the past few years," said Col. Pramote Promin, deputy spokesman of a regional security agency. "The suspected insurgents were targeting people's lives. They (chose) a bustling commercial area, so they wanted to harm people."
More than 5,000 people have been killed in Thailand's three southernmost provinces - Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala - since an Islamist insurgency flared in January 2004.
"This is the worst attack in the past few years," said Col. Pramote Promin, deputy spokesman of a regional security agency. "The suspected insurgents were targeting people's lives. They (chose) a bustling commercial area, so they wanted to harm people."

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Terrorist attacks in Thailand kill 14, wound 340
 01-Apr 08:16By Sumeth PanpetchSuspected Muslim insurgents staged the most deadly coordinated attacks in years in Thailand'srestive south yesterday, killing 14 people and wounding 340 with car bombs that targetedSaturday shoppers and a high-rise hotel frequented by foreign tourists.A first batch of explosives planted inside a parked pickup truck ripped through an area of restaurants and shops in a busy area of Yala city, a main commercial hub of Thailand's restivesouthern provinces, said district police chief Col. Kritsada Kaewchandee.About 20 minutes later, just as onlookers gathered at the blast site, a second car bomb exploded,causing the majority of casualties. Eleven people were killed and 110 wounded by the blasts.More than 5,000 people have been killed in Thailand's three southernmost provinces -Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala - since an Islamist insurgency flared in January 2004."This is the worst attack in the past few years," said Col. Pramote Promin, deputy spokesman of a regional security agency. "The suspected insurgents were targeting people's lives. They (chose)a bustling commercial area, so they wanted to harm people."Most attacks are small-scale bombings or drive-by shootings that target soldiers, police andsymbols of authority, but suspected insurgents have also staged large attacks in commercialareas.Separately, a blast occurred at a high-rise hotel in the city of Hat Yai, in the nearby province of Songkhla, that officials initially attributed to a gas leak and said was unrelated to the attacks
 
blamed on insurgents.The midday explosion at the 405-room Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel, where throngs of Malaysianand Singaporean tourists spend their weekends, killed three people and caused about 230injuries, mostly from smoke inhalation, said police Lt. Puwadon Wiriyawarangkun.After inspecting the hotel's underground parking lot, authorities found a severely damaged sedanand a hole created by the explosion's impact.Regional police chief Lt. Gen. Jakthip Chaijinda said the Hat Yai incident "is likely related towhat happened in Yala and might have been plotted by the same group of insurgents."Police said the blast that occurred at the underground level of the hotel had ripped the building'scooking gas pipeline, causing a fire that sent smoke spiralling into the upper floors and trappingmany people in their rooms until rescuers came. One of the fatalities was identified as aMalaysian tourist.A McDonald's restaurant on the hotel's ground floor appeared to have suffered heavy damagefrom the blast.The hotel was also targeted in 2006, when four people including a Canadian man were killed bysix bombs that had been planted on Hat Yai's main street. Hat Yai and the rest of Songkhlaprovince have generally been spared the violence that has wracked Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala.In Saturday's third incident, suspected Muslim militants detonated a motorcycle bomb 50 metresaway from a local police station in Pattani province's Mae Lan district, wounding one policeofficer, according to police Col. Tharet Kaewla-eiad.The Yala bombings occurred on a road that was previously heavily guarded by checkpoints andclosed to traffic to ensure safety. But the security was lifted in 2011 after local vendors said themeasures harmed their businesses.Initial accounts of the Yala attack cited three blasts with explosives planted in cars andmotorcycles but officials later corrected themselves.In October last year, suspected militants staged coordinated attacks at more than 30 spots acrossYala city, killing three people and injuring more than 50. A month earlier, a trio of bombs hiddenin vehicles hit a busy section of Sungai Kolok in Narathiwat province, killing four people andleaving more than 60 wounded.Thai authorities have imposed a state of emergency since 2005 that gives security forces specialpowers to arrest and detain suspects in the three provinces. But the decree and a massive securitypresence have failed to curb the violence and little is known about the militants or their goals.The insurgents have made no public pronouncements but are thought to be fighting for anindependent Muslim state. The area used to be an Islamic sultanate until it was annexed by

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