At least four people are believed to have been killed, and dozens injured, following a series of bomb blasts, targeting tourist towns and areas, across southern Thailand.
A series of blasts across Thailand has targeted tourist towns, killing four people and injuring dozens.
Four bombs exploded in the resort town of Hua Hin, and several blasts hit the island of Phuket, a top tourist destination, all within a 24-hour period on Thursday and Friday.
Two people have died, following the four blasts in Hua Hin, which all occurred within 24 hours of each other. Two blasts also hit Surat Thani, in front of police stations within the space of half an hour, killing one person.
A fourth person was killed following a bomb blast in Trang.
Two other blasts were reported in the tourist beach town of Patong, on Phuket island, and in the beach province of Phang Nga. No deaths have been reported from these attacks, though dozens have reportedly been injured across all the blast sites.
No group has said it carried out the attacks, but suspicion is likely to fall on separatist insurgents. Thai police have said that they don’t believe the attacks were the result of international terrorism.
Thailand has been combating a low-level insurgency in its southernmost provinces for several years, predominantly in the provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat, all near or bordering Malaysia in the south.
It is believed that the attacks were likely carried out by militants from this insurgency, with the targeting of Hua Hin particularly significant, not only as an attack on Thailand’s vitally important tourist sector, but also since the blasts coincide with an important public holiday which celebrates the queen’s birthday.
Hua Hin is known as a royal city and the king’s favoured residence outside Bangkok.