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One dead after car bomb explodes in southern Thailand

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Philstar.com

November 22, 2022 | 5:54 p.m

BANGKOK — One person died and more than two dozen were injured in Thailand after a car bomb exploded outside a police shelter on Tuesday, a provincial governor said.

The attack happened around noon in Narathiwat, one of the country’s southernmost provinces.

A low-level conflict has simmered in southern Thailand since 2004, killing more than 7,000 people while rebels in the Muslim-majority region fight for more autonomy from the state.

Narathiwat Governor Sanan Pongaksorn told AFP a suspect drove a car into a police shelter before abandoning the vehicle.

A bomb went off shortly after the car was parked, the governor said, adding that police were reviewing surveillance camera footage to identify the suspect and investigate possible motives.

He said one person was killed and 28 others injured, including two in critical condition.

The southern region, which is heavily patrolled by Thai security forces, is culturally different from the Buddhist-majority Thailand that colonized the border area with Malaysia over a century ago.

In September, a roadside bomb blast killed one police officer and injured three others.

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