Grenade attack on fair in Thailand wounds 30

AP News
Posted: Sep 30, 2012 5:48 AM
Grenade attack on fair in Thailand wounds 30

PATTANI, Thailand (AP) — Thai police believe Islamist insurgents fired grenades at a fair in southern Thailand, injuring 30 people, in anger over government efforts to win over local Muslim religious leaders.

Police Lt. Col. Krajang Raknarong said Sunday the attackers fired grenades at a security checkpoint near the trade fair in Narathiwat province's Bajoh district on Saturday. Thirty people were hurt, four seriously, when two grenades exploded near fair booths.

At least five people were killed in southern Thailand on Saturday in separate shooting attacks blamed by police on the insurgents.

The local district chief and security officials met religious elders earlier Saturday as part of official efforts to win the trust of local Muslims.

More than 5,000 people have died since an Islamist insurgency flared in Thailand's three southernmost provinces in 2004.