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Multiple Bombs, Arson Strike South of Rock Country

Bangkok: Officials said at least 17 explosions and fires erupted in southern Thailand on Wednesday in what appeared to be multiple coordinated attacks.

Police and military statements said the blasts and arson occurred just after midnight Bangkok time, targeting convenience stores and gas stations in three provinces and injuring at least seven people.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Thailand’s southern provinces along the border with Malaysia have experienced decades of low-level violence. The Thai government has fought shadow groups seeking independence in some predominantly Muslim regions of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla.

Smoke rises from a vehicle that exploded outside a popular shopping center in Pattani province, southern Thailand, in 2017.credit:AP/File

More than 7,300 people have died in the conflict since 2004, according to the monitoring group Deep South Watch.

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The peace talks, which began in 2013, have faced repeated turmoil.

Earlier this year, the Thai government resumed talks with a major rebel group, the Barisan Revolusi Nasional, after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

The Pattani Unity and Liberation Organization (PULO), which was excluded from recent talks, bombed the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, claiming the dialogue was not comprehensive. The government has said it is ready to speak to all groups.

Multiple Bombs, Arson Strike South of Rock Country

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