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Bomb kills one, 13 wounded in Thai Muslim south

Written by: Staff

Yala (Thailand), Dec 5: A bomb hidden in bags of vegetables today killed one man and wounded 13 others at a market in Thailand's restive Muslim south, police said.

The bomb exploded in a row of food stalls popular among Buddhist Thais living in the town of Yala in one of three southernmost provinces where a separatist insurgency has killed more than 1,800 people since 2004.

Police said six people were wounded seriously and one man died later in hospital.

They said video from a closed-circuit camera showed four young men hid the bomb next to a food stall and fled the scene on motorcycles.

Insurgents staging attacks have never claimed responsibility for any violence or spelt out their aims.

Thailand's military-appointed government has embarked on a peace drive in the predominately Muslim and Malay-speaking region which was an independent sultanate until the Buddhist-dominated Bangkok government annexed it a century ago.

But the almost daily bomb and gun attacks on government offices and ambushes of state officials and civilians has continued.


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