Motorcycle blast kills two, injures 14 in southern Thailand

BANGKOK • A bomb concealed in a motorcycle parked outside a temple in Thailand's southernmost province has killed two people and wounded 14 in one of several attacks by suspected ethnic Malay separatists, police said.

The bomb beside Sangkhasit Temple was one of five that went off late on Thursday in a district of Narathiwat, one of three Muslim-dominated provinces where shadowy insurgents are waging a low-level rebellion against the Thai state.

A steel box containing explosives, weighing about 10kg to 15kg, was placed in the crash helmet compartment of the parked motorcycle, reported the Bangkok Post. Police said the bomb was detonated remotely.

The motorcycle was registered in Narathiwat and earlier stolen from a 17-year-old female college student who was shot dead in Rangae district on Monday, the report said.

Soldiers were among the dead and injured in the attack, Rangae district police chief Pakdee Preechachon told Reuters by phone.

Three unexploded devices were later discovered in the same area, he added.

Nearby roads were sealed off as security forces examined the blast scenes, according to Bangkok Post.

As with most attacks in Thailand's deep south, there was no claim of responsibility.

More than 6,500 people have been killed in the unrest since 2004 in Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat bordering Malaysia.

The three provinces were part of a Malay Muslim sultanate annexed by mostly Buddhist Thailand over a century ago.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 19, 2015, with the headline 'Motorcycle blast kills two, injures 14 in southern Thailand'. Print Edition | Subscribe