Journalist among two killed in Thailand

August 22nd, 2008 - 2:19 pm ICT by IANS  

Pattani (Thailand), Aug 22 (DPA) A bomb killed two people, including a journalist, and injured 30 in a Thai-Malaysian border town in the latest act of violence in Thailand’s Muslim majority deep south, police said Friday.The bomb was detonated about 9 p.m. Thursday in Sungai Kolok, 850 km south of Bangkok, after Thai journalists and police had gathered at the scene of an earlier, smaller roadside explosion.

Killed in the blast was a reporter for the Thai Rath newspaper. The second victim, a villager, died in hospital Friday morning, police said. Of the 30 injured, five were in critical condition, hospital sources said.

Sungai Kolok, a tough border town, has long been popular among Malaysian tourists for its once wild nightlife.

Acts of violence in Thailand’s deep south have claimed more than 2,700 lives over the past four years.

A separatist struggle has simmered in the area for decades but took a turn for the worse in January 2004 when Muslim militants attacked an army depot and stole 300 weapons, prompting a crackdown that further inflamed the local population against the government.

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