Blasts in Muslim region target Thai police

Tensions have simmered in the region since Buddhist-majority Thailand occupied once an independent Muslim sultanate in 1902.

Blasts in Muslim region target Thai police

A grenade attack and a car bomb in in Muslim south Wednesday killed a Thai policeman and injured dozens more police and civilians, officials said.

Two men riding a motorcycle tossed a hand grenade towards 50 police officers as they received a morning briefing from their commander at the Pattani provincial police station, a spokesman said.

Tensions have simmered in the region since Buddhist-majority Thailand occupied once an independent Muslim sultanate in 1902.

One was killed and 43 others wounded.

Thailand has blamed most of the attacks on Muslim armed groups.

Minutes later, a 20 kg (44 lb) bomb hidden in a car exploded less than 50 metres away from the police station, wounding another 17 people and damaging more than 10 vehicles nearby, police said.

Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani provinces were once an independent Muslim sultanate known as Patani until occupied by predominantly Buddhist Thailand.

Local Muslims oppose emergency rule Thai government extended repeatedly and the presence of thousands of soldiers deployed including Thais armed by the state.

Human rights groups have previously accused Thai authorities of major abuses in the south, including the use of unnecessary force in the 2004 siege of a mosque in which 32 suspected insurgents were killed.


Agencies

Last Mod: 21 Nisan 2010, 13:31
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