Series of explosions rock Thailand; 4 killed, dozens injured

    A series of explosions has hit two cities in Thailand on Thursday and Friday
    At least four people were killed and dozens more were injured in the blast
    No group or individual, so far, has come forward to claim responsibility for the attacks

At least four people were killed and dozens more injured in a series of explosions that hit Thailand late Thursday and early Friday; only hours within each other in two separate cities. The first bomb reportedly exploded around 3:30 am (local time) at  Centre Point in Thailand’s southern province of Trang, about 850km south of the capital Bangkok. At least one man was killed and six others hurt.

This was followed by another two bomb explosions near Hua Hin laneway in Prachuap Khiri Khan around 10:30 pm. The bombs were hidden in pot plants along the laneway facing the Johnny Bar and Rain Tree Bar frequented by tourists.

A Thai woman attending to a vending cart was killed, while ten foreigners were reportedly injured.

Two more blasts happened around 8 am Friday – one in front of the Surat Thani maritime police station,  and another opposite a provincial police station. One person was killed in the incident.

These were followed by two more explosions about five minutes later at the Patong beach near a tourist resort in Phuket. Several persons were hurt including a taxi driver.

Two more bomb attacks occurred at 9:15 am at Hua Hin Tower in Prachuap Khiri Khan near a tourist bar popular to local and foreign tourists alike.

Thai officials initially dismissed what it described as ‘coordinated attacks’ as part of ‘local sabotage’ and has nothing to do with terrorism.

According to a police official who spoke with CNN, the first bomb at Trang province went off while investigators were working at the scene of the explosion.

“Police have tightened security. We have set up check points and inspecting bags and other things,” said Police Lieutenant Colonel Samoer.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha described the attacks as an attempt to “create chaos and confusion” among the public.

In a separate statement to reporters on Friday, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said attacks could be perpetrated by the same network, but declined to give details.

As of Friday morning, no group or individual has come forward to claim responsibility.
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