Bomb at meat stall in market in Thailand's south kills 3, wounds 22
January 22 2018 09:59 AM
A Thai forensics unit scours the aftermath of a motorcycle bombing which killed three civilians and
A Thai forensics unit scours the aftermath of a motorcycle bombing which killed three civilians and wounded others at a market in the southern Thai province of Yala


* Bomb at roadside market in Thai south kills three, wounds 22
* Bombing hits meat stall in the province of Yala
* Bomb on motorcycle placed next to a cart
* Thousands killed in violence in Thai south since 2004

A motorcycle bomb exploded in a market in Thailand's southern Yala province on Monday, killing three people and wounding 22, a spokesman for the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) said, the first such attack in the region in months.

‘The criminals put a bomb in a motorcycle and placed it next to a market cart. The force of the explosion caused three people to lose their lives,’ said ISOC spokesman Pramote Prom-in. The ISOC is a government security force that operates in the region.

No group claimed immediate responsibility for the attack on Monday, which took place at a morning market.

Police said the motorcycle was placed near a stall selling meat.

It was not immediately clear whether the bomb was placed at the meat stall in a deliberate attempt to target Thai Buddhists.

The stall's female owner and a male customer were among the three people killed, police said. The bomb blew off chunks of the market's corrugated tin roof and wrecked nearby stalls.

The southern provinces have seen hundreds of attacks since 2004, many of them deadly, but there had been fewer violent incidents of late.

Analysts who monitor the conflict say violence from the insurgency fell to an historic low in 2017 despite the fact that talks aimed at bringing peace gained little traction.

Thailand's military government has tried to revive talks with rebel groups initiated by the previous civilian government, but they have gone almost nowhere.

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