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Bombings in Thailand’s restive south injure 9

May 6, 2014

HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — Bombs exploded at a police station and a convenience store in a tourist city in Thailand’s violence-plagued south Tuesday, injuring nine people, police said.

The first bomb exploded in front of a 7-Eleven store near a school in Hat Yai city, wounding two men and three women, police Col. Passakorn Klanwan said.

The second explosion went off about 15 minutes later in the parking lot at the main Hat Yai police station, injuring four others, he said.

“The second one was a car bomb. The attackers hid the bomb in a pickup truck that was parked near the police station,” Passakorn said.

The explosion caused a large fire in the parking lot which damaged several vehicles and buildings.

Hat Yai is one of the biggest cities in Thailand’s south and is popular among Thai and foreign tourists.

More than 5,000 people have been killed in Thailand’s three southernmost provinces since an Islamic insurgency flared in 2004.

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