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Bombing wave hits Thailand

Friday, August 12, 2016 - 01:25

A number of people are dead and dozens wounded in a wave of bombings in Thailand which police have blamed on local 'saboteurs'. Paul Chapman reports.

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A wave of explosions hit tourist resorts in southern Thailand in a matter of hours, killing at least three people and wounding dozens. The upmarket resort of Hua Hin was hit by two bombs late on Thursday night which claimed one life and wounded 21 other people. Another two blasts in the same town on Friday morning killed another person and wounded three more. Tourist areas of Phuket, Phang Nga and Patong were also targeted. One Thai man was slightly hurt. One other person died and five more were wounded in the southern province of Surath Thani. The attacks prompted tighter security in the area, particularly in relation to ferries serving other tourist centres. Police are ruling out international militant groups as the likely perpetrators of the bombings. (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) DEPUTY POLICE SPOKESMAN, MAJOR GENERAL PAYAPHAND PINGMUANG, SAYING: "We can confirm the blast incidents are far from terrorism acts that occurred in other countries. This is what we call local sabotage because it happened in limited areas in each province." The attacks came just days after Thailand voted in a referendum to accept a military-backed constitution. It wasn't immediately clear who's behind the bombings and why.

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Bombing wave hits Thailand

Friday, August 12, 2016 - 01:25