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Bomb attacks kill 13, injure more 350 in South Thailand (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Published time: March 31, 2012 07:52
Edited time: April 01, 2012 20:30

Thai rescue workers help an injured man after a car bomb blast in Thailand's southern restive province of Yala on March 31, 2012. (AFP Photo / Muhhamad Sabri)

Three bomb blasts have struck the southern town of Yala, killing thirteen people and wounding dozens more, local officials say.

The first two bombs are thought to have been hidden inside motorcycles, while the third was planted in a nearby car.

They detonated only minutes apart, damaging vehicles and setting the surrounding shops and buildings on fire.

The public health ministry said 10 people were in critical condition with severe burns.

Yala city is the main commercial hub in the country's south. 

Thailand’s restive South is plagued by regular terrorist attacks and violence from Muslim extremist insurgent groups operating in the region.


Thai bomb squad members inspect the wreckage of a car at the scene of a car bomb blast in Thailand′s southern restive province of Yala on March 31, 2012. (AFP Photo / Muhhamad Sabri)
Thai bomb squad members inspect the wreckage of a car at the scene of a car bomb blast in Thailand's southern restive province of Yala on March 31, 2012. (AFP Photo / Muhhamad Sabri)
Thai rescue workers take care on an injured man on the back of a pick up truck at the site of a car bomb blast in Thailand′s southern restive province of Yala on March 31, 2012. (AFP Photo / Muhhamad Sabri)
Thai rescue workers take care on an injured man on the back of a pick up truck at the site of a car bomb blast in Thailand's southern restive province of Yala on March 31, 2012. (AFP Photo / Muhhamad Sabri)
A Thai army soldier in civilian clothes (C-R) helps an injured man away from a car bomb blast in Thailand′s southern restive province of Yala on March 31, 2012. (AFP Photo / Muhhamad Sabri)
A Thai army soldier in civilian clothes (C-R) helps an injured man away from a car bomb blast in Thailand's southern restive province of Yala on March 31, 2012. (AFP Photo / Muhhamad Sabri)
Thai rescue workers help an injured fireman at the scene of a car bomb blast in Thailand′s southern restive province of Yala on March 31, 2012. (AFP Photo / Muhhamad Sabri)
Thai rescue workers help an injured fireman at the scene of a car bomb blast in Thailand's southern restive province of Yala on March 31, 2012. (AFP Photo / Muhhamad Sabri)
A Thai rescue worker looks for injured people at the site of a car bomb blast in Thailand′s southern restive province of Yala on March 31, 2012. (AFP Photo / Muhhamad Sabri)
A Thai rescue worker looks for injured people at the site of a car bomb blast in Thailand's southern restive province of Yala on March 31, 2012. (AFP Photo / Muhhamad Sabri)

­Tough times for southern Thailand: hotel fire in same province kills 4, injures over 300

­Meanwhile, at least four people died and more than 300 were injured in a hotel fire in the same province. The Lee Gardens hotel, located in southern Thailand’s biggest city Hat Yai, went up in flames in the middle of the night – reportedly following a gas tank explosion. The province's governor said 336 people were hospitalized, mostly with smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning, and many others were seriously wounded.

Early reports said the fire might have been caused by a gas main explosion in the compound or from an insurgent attack, while security officials have yet to determine whether the incident was linked to the Yala bombings which occurred on the same day.


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