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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2341

Massive car bomb at Bic C shopping centre in Pattani

Bangkok, 11 May, (Asiantribune.com):

Two days ago, suspected insurgents have detonated a car bomb outside a busy shopping centre in south Thailand, wounding more than 50 people.

The huge blast ripped the building apart and sent people running for their lives.

The attackers initially set off firecrackers as a distraction before triggering the car bomb in the city of Pattani, said military spokesman Pramote Prom-in.

The blast occurred outside one of Thailand's Big C shopping centres, a major grocery and retail chain.

Footage of the scene aired on Thai television stations showed a huge black plume of smoke rising skywards from the blackened building.

Pattani Hospital posted on its board of emergency room patients that 52 people were injured in the incident.

No deaths have been reported.

Muslim separatists have waged a bloody insurgency for years in Thailand's three southernmost provinces, the only ones with Muslim majorities in the predominantly Buddhist country.

More than 6,500 people have been killed since 2004.

In the meantime Responding to two bombs that struck a shopping centre in the southern Thai city of Pattani, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, Champa Patel, said:

"The attack on a shopping centre in Pattani is a horrific and deliberate attack on civilians, and shows a callous disregard for human life. Thailand’s authorities must immediately order an independent and effective investigation. They have a duty to bring the perpetrators to justice through fair trials and in line with international standards and without imposing the death penalty. All steps taken by the authorities to stop and prevent such attacks must respect Thailand’s obligations under international human rights law.”

- Asian Tribune -

Massive car bomb at Bic C shopping centre in  Pattani
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