Three police injured in Pattani bombing

September 30th, 2008 - 9:37 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Three local police officers were injured early this morning (September 30) when insurgents set off an explosive device hidden in a motorcycle parked in the temporary parking lot of a local department store in soutern Pattani province.

The explosion, which injured three local police officers, took place slightly before 3 a.m. Tuesday morning at temporary parking lot of Coliseum Department Store located about 50 meters from the Pattani’s provincial hall.

The explosive device was reportedly concealed within a Honda motorcycle and caused shrapnel to be projected as far as 50 meters from the blast site. Three police officers who were stationed in the parking lots security booth were slightly injured, mostly from being hit by shrapnel.

Based on initial probe, police found that the device weighed about 5 kilograms and was remotely detonated. The explosive was most probably concealed within the motorcycle as all parked vehicles were required to open any storage compartments for safety purposes.

This deadly incident was the third of its kind at the very same location with two previous explosions early this year, believed to be done by the same group of insurgents. Authorities believed the acts were a sign of defiance against local local authorities by these terrorist groups.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand


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