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Thailand car bomb kills one

Monday, April 18, 2011 - 01:14

Apr 18 - A car bomb in southern Thailand kills at least one person, and wounds 23 others. Travis Brecher reports.

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Twisted metal and debris strewn about -- the aftermath of a car bomb in southern Thailand that killed at least one person and wounded around 23 others. A bomb hidden in a car parked in a business area of Yala municipality exploded 100 meters from a busy market, damaging several cars and houses. Police say the bomb went off inside a Honda Civic. The explosion killed one paramilitary ranger instantly, and wounded four others; the remaining wounded were civilians, mostly Buddhist Thai. Yala is a Muslim-dominated province bordering Malaysia -- and both Muslims and Buddhists have been killed in a simmering insurgency since 2004. Analysts believe the unrest, for which no group has claimed responsibility, is an ethno-nationalist struggle by Malay Muslims who say their identity, language, and culture is neither respected nor fully understood by the Thai state. Despite a massive deployment of 60,000 security forces, authorities have made little progress in ending the revolt. Travis Brecher, Reuters

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Thailand car bomb kills one

Monday, April 18, 2011 - 01:14