The Straits Times
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Published on Feb 25, 2013
 

Four dead in Thai Buddhist festival blast: Police

 
 

BANGKOK (AFP) - Four people were killed and more than 20 injured when a homemade bomb was detonated during a fight at a Buddhist festival in north-east Thailand early on Monday, police said.

The explosion killed two policemen and two revellers at a concert to celebrate Makha Bhucha Day at a pagoda in Maha Sarakham province, local district police chief Kritchai Sreumsri told AFP.

He said police officers responding to a fight near the celebrations were chasing a man who was apparently carrying a homemade device when it exploded.

More than 20 people, including the man being chased, were injured in the blast at the town of Nadoon.