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2012 Southern Thailand bombings

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2012 Southern Thailand bombings
Part of the South Thailand insurgency
LocationHat Yai, Songkhla, Thailand
Date31 March 2012 (UTC+7)
TargetVarious
Attack type
Multiple vehicle bombings
Deaths16
Injured321 estimated
Perpetratorspossibly Pattani insurgents

The 2012 Southern Thailand bombings were a series of bombings that took place in Yala, Yala Province and in Hat Yai, Songkhla Province, on 31 March 2012.

Attacks

Yala

The first attack involved a truck bomb that ripped through a busy shopping district in Yala. About 20 minutes later, a second bomb planted in a motorcycle exploded as rescuers convened at the site of the original bombing.[1] Later, a third explosion from a device placed in a car set fire to nearby buildings. About 11 people were killed and 110 wounded by the blasts, with the second explosion causing a majority of casualties.[2]

Hat Yai

Following the bombings in Songkhla, an explosion in the basement Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel damaged that building and an adjacent McDonald's in Hat Yai, killing at least four and leaving 416 wounded, mainly from smoke inhalation. It was first reported to be the cause of a gas leak but later was attributed to a car bomb. The bombing was regarded by some sources as an escalation in the insurgency because its target was a hotel popular with tourists from Malaysia and Singapore.[3]

Suspects

The attacks have been regarded by most major news outlets as part of the broader South Thailand insurgency. While no terrorist organisation took responsibility for the bombings, the most likely culprit is the Gerakan Mujahidin Islam Patani (GMIP) separatist movement, which is a splinter group of the Gerakan Mujahidin Pattani.

According to security sources, Sahudin Tohjehmae was suspected to carry out the three bomb attacks with the help of Saifulloh Sahfru, a terrorist suspect who is a friend of Faisol Hayisama-ae, who was suspected of carrying out the bomb attack at Hat Yai International Airport in 2005.

References

  1. ^ Roughneen, Simon. "Muslim militants in south Thailand growing stronger." Christian Science Monitor. 1 April 2012. Accessed 1 April 2012. http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2012/0401/Muslim-militants-in-south-Thailand-growing-stronger
  2. ^ Hookway, James. "Deadly Thai Blasts Follow Tense Weeks." The Wall Street Journal. 1 April 2012. Accessed 1 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Car bombs kill 13 in southern Thailand." Hindustan Times. 1 April 2012. Accessed 1 April 2012. http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/RestOfAsia/Car-bombs-kill-13-in-southern-Thailand/Article1-833759.aspx Archived 1 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine

See also

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