Three Deadly Explosions Hit Yala in Southern Thailand, Officials Say

At least five people have been killed in three explosions in the southern Thai province of Yala, officials say.

 

At least five people have been killed in three explosions in the southern Thai province of Yala, officials say.
 
Yala Governor Dethrat Simsiri said the blasts occurred over 10 minutes at around midday (06:00 BST) in the commercial district of Yala city.
 
He said two of the bombs were hidden in motorcycles and the third in a car.
 
Thailand's three southern-most provinces have been plagued by bomb attacks and shootings since 2004, when a separatist campaign reignited.
 
Associated Press news agency put the death toll from Saturday's bombings at five, with more than 50 wounded. AFP quoted an army colonel as saying seven had been confirmed dead and more than 70 wounded.
 
"There were three bombs that exploded, the first is a car bomb and the second and third bombs were hidden in motorcycles," Colonel Pramote Promin told AFP.
 
He said several shops were on fire and many vehicles had been damaged in the blast.
 
More than 4,300 people have been killed in the violence in southern Thailand. As of 2011, the Thai army had 60,000 forces stationed in the region to tackle the insurgency.
 
Thailand annexed the three provinces - Narathiwat, Yala and Pattani - in 1902, but the majority of people there are Muslim and speak a Malay dialect, in contrast with the Buddhists in the rest of the country who speak Thai.
 
Critics accuse the government of failing to address the grievances of these residents.