Bangkok — Two suspected militants in another assault after bombers launched at least 13 bombings overnight in a town in southern Thailand and a 20-hour siege in a nearby state. The authorities said on Saturday that they had killed.
Authorities did not directly link the two cases, but violence broke out weeks after the government resumed dialogue with armed groups from the Malay-Islamic minority in the southern part of the country.
The siege took place in Narathiwat, and a joint force of soldiers and police surrounded a house in the Langhe district on Friday after being informed that a suspect associated with last year’s bomb attack was hidden inside.
Authorities said they tried to negotiate with the suspect before finally attacking the house. One volunteer ranger was injured and two suspects were killed in the attack.
Separately, one was injured when at least 13 small explosions struck the town of Yarra late Friday. It mainly occurred on the roadside in front of convenience stores, shops, markets, veterinary clinics and car repair shops. Fatana Charoen.
On Saturday, police found at least three non-exploding bombs made of metal pipes with spray cans and timers attached.
Kissana said police suspected that the explosion was more aimed at causing turmoil than damage or injury.
As with most attacks in the deep south of Thailand, there were no claims of responsibility. Barisan Revolusi Nasional, a major rebel group in the region, did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.
Since 2004, more than 7,300 people have died in separatist rebellions in Thailand’s predominantly ethnic Malays, Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat, according to the Deep South Watch Group, which monitors violence.
The Thai government has resumed peace talks with major rebel groups after a two-year suspension of talks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.