Bomb rocks south Thailand mosque

Fifteen people have been wounded after a bomb was thrown at a mosque in southern Thailand on Thursday.

Bomb rocks south Thailand mosque

Fifteenpeople have been wounded after a bomb was thrown at a mosque in southern Thailand onThursday.

The bombexploded as about 100 worshippers gathered in Yala province's Yaha district,one of two districts put under curfew following execution-style shootings ofBuddhist van commuters in March, police Lieutenant Apirak Sangkao said.



Apiraksaid no other details were immediately available but the authorities suspectedthe attack was the work of Muslim fighters who wanted to stir up communaltension.

OnWednesday, two civilians were killed and four policemen wounded in the south.



The twoMuslim civilians were killed as they left a tea shop in Narathiwat provincewhen four assailants got out of their pickup truck and fired dozens of shotsfrom assault rifles, police Lieutenant Vorapong Klomsakun said.


In Yalaprovince, a roadside bomb wounded three border patrol policemen who were in avan on patrol duty.

Anotherbomb, hidden beneath a motorcycle, exploded in front of a school in Narathiwat,wounding one policeman.

The bombwas triggered by a mobile phone, police said.

Meanwhile,three men were arrested in connection with a 30-minute gun battle on Tuesdaynight in Pattani province, in which three policemen and two suspected fighterswere killed, army spokesman Akara Thiprote said.

In aseparate raid at a mosque in Narathiwat, the authorities found a cache ofcamouflage and military-style uniforms, two-way radios, ammunition and maps ofgovernment offices.

More than2,000 people have died since January 2004 in Thailand's southern provinces ofYala, Narathiwat and Pattani as a result of the separatist uprising.

Governmentmeasures to quell the violence have failed to gain any noticeable ground.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16