Friday, November 10, 2006

8 Bomb Blasts in Thailand Injures 9 - washingtonpost.com

8 Bomb Blasts in Thailand Injures 9 - washingtonpost.com:

"BANGKOK, Thailand -- Eight bombs exploded almost simultaneously at car and motorcycle showrooms in restive southern Thailand on Thursday, wounding nine people, police said.

The blasts were believed to have been carried out by Muslim insurgents, police said.

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Attackers posing as customers planted explosives inside cars or near motorcycles at Honda, Nissan, Chevrolet, Mazda, Ford and Isuzu dealerships and at two motorcycle showrooms, Yala police Lt. Col. Sakkarin Bamphensamai said.

He said without elaborating that the blasts bore the trademarks of Muslim separatists.

Police Col. Phumphet Phiphatpetchphoom said that initial reports showed that nine people were wounded.

The attacks came one day after the second visit in a week to the insurgency-wracked region by Thailand's new interim Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont.

Violence has continued despite pledges from Surayud's interim government to make peace in the south a priority and to end the iron-fisted approach of his predecessor, Thaksin Shinawatra, who was toppled by a military coup in September.

Surayud said that Muslims in southern Thailand should be allowed to practice Islamic law _ a major shift from previous governments that had been unwilling to make concessions to Islamic culture."

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