Bomb in market in Thailand's south kills three, wounds 18: security official

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 21, 2018 8:52 PM

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A motorcycle bomb exploded in a market in Thailand's southern Yala province on Monday, killing three people and wounding 18, a spokesman for the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) said.

The mostly Muslim provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala in Thailand's far south are home to a long-running insurgency by ethnic Malay Muslims fighting for autonomy in which more than 6,000 people have been killed since 2004.

"The criminals put a bomb in a motorcycle and placed it next to a market cart. The force of the explosion caused three people to lose their lives," ISOC spokesman Pramote Prom-in said. The ISOC is a government security force that operates in the region.

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No group claimed immediate responsibility for the attack.

(Reporting by Surapan Boonthanom and Panarat Thepgumpanat; Writing by Amy Sawitta Lefevre; Editing by Paul Tait)