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Thailand: 50 injured as double bombing hits insurgency-plagued south

Bangkok: At least 50 people were injured on Tuesday when a double bombing hit a town in Thailand's insurgency-plagued south, police said, the latest suspected rebel attack to undermine stalled peace efforts.

Representational image. AP

Representational image. AP

The Muslim-majority border region has seethed with violence for over a decade as ethnic Malay insurgents battle the Buddhist-majority state for more autonomy.

The latest attack struck the town of Pattani around 2 pm, with two bombs going off in quick succession outside a supermarket near the city centre.

"The first bomb was small and no one was hurt but the second bomb was huge. I don't know yet whether it's a car bomb or not," Captain Preecha Prachumchai of Pattani provincial police told AFP.

"Currently around 50 people have been wounded: one is in serious condition," he said.

Pictures posted by rescue workers on Twitter showed a thick plume of black smoke over the supermarket car park and some damage to the store entrance.

Near-daily shootings and bomb attacks have claimed more than 6,800 lives since 2004, with both sides accused of rights abuses and atrocities.

Published Date: May 09, 2017 16:07 PM | Updated Date: May 09, 2017 16:07 PM

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