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Thailand targeted with a series of bomb attacks in tourist areas over two days

Thai authorities claim the bombings have nothing to do with terrorism. How do they possibly know that without even having a suspect?? It takes time to investigate an attack yet the authorities have made an instant declaration without investigations completed and without a single suspect. They must have x-ray vision. Besides, what is the origin of the instructions that ordered them to make these premature public statements? Are there new trade contracts between Thailand and the Muslim world which makes this a ‘sensitive’ subject?

Muslims along with their leftist allies always use the U.S. presence in the Middle East, funded and encouraged by Arab oil countries to protect them against other Muslim enemies, as some form of artificial cause for Islamic terrorism while Muslim terrorism has existed continuously for 1,400 years. But what is their argument to explain the jihad taking place in Thailand on a daily basis? Thailand has no troops in the Middle East and never had. Thailand has no presence in any Muslim country. In spite of this, Muslims illegally force their way into Thailand from Malaysia for the sole purpose to terrorise the people over their Buddhist faith and to occupy their land by constant aggression and warfare. Buddhists are beheaded on a daily basis, threatened and harassed. Corruption makes it very difficult for Thailand to control a growing Muslim population, where most of the Muslims originate from outside the country.



Four killed and at least 20 injured in string of explosions in southern Thailand

James Rothwell
Chiara Palazzo
Telegraph, 12 August 2016 • 6:30am

  • Series of explosions kill four and wound at least 20 others, including reports of two British among injured
  • Devices hidden in potted plants and went off within 30 minutes of each other in the bar district of the city
  • Tourist areas including the resort town of Hua Hin targeted

A wave of coordinated explosions rattled multiple cities across southern Thailand, killing at least four people and wounding dozens more. Among the injured were 10 foreigners in the seaside resort town of Hua Hin, including two British tourists, according to reports.

It was not clear who was behind the attacks, but police said the violence was not linked to Islamic terrorism.

The timing and scope suggested the bombs were set off by opponents of the Southeast Asian nation’s ruling junta, which last weekend organized a successful referendum on a constitution that critics say will bolster the military’s power for years to come.

Friday is also a public holiday in Thailand to mark Queen Sirikit’s birthday.

It was unclear whether any British nationals were injured in the attack.

Britain and Australia reacted to the news by advising their nationals to avoid public places.

An injured tourist is helped after explosions in Hua Hin
An injured tourist is helped after explosions in Hua Hin.

Tourists in Hua Hin

Where has been targeted?

The explosions all occurred south of Bangkok and several of the blasts – including one on Patong beach in the tourist resort of Phuket – appeared designed to hit the tourism industry.

The first two explosions occurred overnight on a busy street in the tourist city of Hua Hin, which was hit again by another blast on Friday morning. The city is home to a swath of beachfront resorts as well as a royal palace.

Police and Thai media reported other blasts in the southern cities of Phuket, Trang and Surat Thani.

Medical staff treating the injured in a hospital in Hua Hin
Medical staff treating the injured in a hospital in Hua Hin.

Who is behind the attacks?

So far, nobody has claimed responsibility for the attacks, and officials have said they do not know who is behind them.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha called for calm.

“The bombs are an attempt to create chaos and confusion,” he told reporters. “We should not make people panic more.”

“Why the bombs occurred as our country is heading towards stability, a better economy and tourism – and who did it – you have to find out for me,” he added.

Royal Thai Police official Col Krisana Patanacharoen said it was too soon say who was behind the attacks, but “we are sure that it is not linked to terrorism.”

Aftermath of twin bomb attack in Hua Hin.

Why has southern Thailand been targeted?

Small bombings are common in the three Muslim-majority southernmost provinces of Thailand, where a bloody insurgency has killed more than 6,500 people since 2004.

The three provinces soundly rejected the referendum on the new military backed constitution which passed overwhelmingly in the rest of the country in Sunday’s vote.

But Hua Hin, Phuket and Phang Nga are far from the usual conflict zone, where attacks typically target security forces and not tourists.

Hua Hin is home to the summer palace of Thailand’s revered royal family and the blast came as the country geared up for Queen Sirikit’s 84th birthday and just ahead of the first anniversary of a Bangkok shrine bombing that killed 20.

Paul Chambers, an expert on the Thai military, said rebels from the south were prime suspects in the blasts.

“The culprits are most likely Malay-Muslim insurgent groups fighting the Thai state in the deep south,” he said.

“The attack on Hua Hin seems like a direct affront at the Kingdom of Thailand. Hua Hin is home to a royal palace… also, the bombing comes on the queen’s birthday.”

Hua Hin is a coastal resort on the Gulf of Thailand and is popular with locals as well as foreign tourists. In April 2016, the resort made headlines after an elderly British couple were knocked unconscious by local thugs.

Police seal off the area in Hua Hin
Police seal off the area in Hua Hin

Hua Hin’s district chief, Sutthipong Klai-udom, told AFP that the first bombs were detonated by mobile phone. Staff at local hospitals said German, Italian, Dutch and Austrian nationals were among the wounded.

Sitthichai Srisopacharoenrat said the first victim who died was a Thai women. Initial reports on social media said she was a market vendor.

One eyewitness said a man and his child were badly injured in the attack and had “bones sticking out of their legs.”

Another, a British man named Mark Gainsford, told the BBC: “I heard people shouting ‘Bomb! Bomb!’ but I didn’t hear any blast.”

“I ran out to see if I could help. I saw eight to 10 people injured, on the floor. The police arrived very quickly.”

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are seeking further information following an incident in Hua Hin, Thailand.

“We stand ready to provide assistance to any British nationals involved.”

Southern Thailand’s blasts – recap

  1. Hua Hin (late on Thursday): Twin bombs kill one woman and wound at least 20 others, including nine tourists. The devices were hidden in potted plants and went off within 30 minutes of each other in the bar district of the city.
  2. Phuket (Friday):  Two blasts struck at Patong Beach, no casualties.
  3. Trang: One blast kills one person.
  4. Surat Thani: One blast kills one person.
  5. Hua Hin (Friday morning): One more blast kills one person and wounds three.

Thai police: This is not an act of terrorism

DPA’s Cod Satrusayang reports that Thai police exclude the bombings were an act of terrorism.

Thai police confirm second death in Hau Hin following Friday’s blast

Police in Thailand have confirmed that another person has died in a bomb blast on Friday in the southern resort city of Hua Hin.

Police Lt Gen Samer Yousamran said on Friday that three people were also wounded in the blast.

The explosion came hours after twin explosions killed one woman and wounded at least 20 in Hua Hin late on Thursday.

What happened in Phuket

Two small bombs exploded in the Thai tourist resort island of Phuket on Friday, Thai police said, the latest in a series of attacks on tourist destinations in Thailand since late on Thursday.

The first bomb exploded near a police box, wounding one Thai man, a police officer in Phuket said. The second exploded 300 metres (330 yards) away and nobody was hurt, he said.

The popular upscale tourist resort of Hua Hin has been hit by four explosions, two late on Thursday and two more early on Friday.

Thai bombings an attempt to ‘create chaos’ says junta chief

Thailand’s junta chief on Friday called a series of bombings that killed four people in 24 hours an attempt to trigger unrest in a country blighted by a decade-long political crisis.

“The bombs are an attempt to create chaos and confusion,” junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha told reporters in Bangkok after nine explosions rattled across the country, in the resort town of Hua Hin and several southern provinces.

“Why have the bombs occurred as our country is heading towards stability, a better economy and tourism – and who did it? You have to find out,” he said.

Four people have been killed in the blasts – two in Hua Hin, one in the island gateway town of Surat Thani, and one in southern Trang, with many others injured. There were also blasts on the tourist island of Phuket.

DPA’s Cod Satrusayang  gives us an updated count of the bombings:

He also reports Thailand’s prime minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha telling reporters this morning not to speculate on motives, and saying the focus needs to be on “not creating panic”.


‘Twin bombs at the clock tower killed one and injured three’, authorities said

AFP reports Thai authorities saying that at least four people have been killed in eight bomb blasts that have hit across Thailand in the past 24 hours, in the resort town of Hua Hin and southern provinces.

“Twin bombs at the clock tower killed one and injured three,” said Hua Hin district chief Sutthipong Klai-udom, referring to two new blasts in the town Friday that followed twin bombings there the night before.

As well as the four blasts in Hua Hin, there were two on the tourist island of Phuket on Friday along with one in the island gateway town of Surat Thani, and one in southern Trang on Thursday, officials told AFP.


Death toll not clear as Thailand hit with two more blasts

German news agency DPA reports that the explosion brings the death toll up to three in four different explosions.

News agency AFP says that the death toll has risen to four and that the explosions totalled to eight over the past 24 hours.

 Cod Satrusayang, DPA’s South East Asia correspondent, reports that the explosions hit, in order: Trang, Hua Hin, Surat Thani and Pukhet.


New bomb kills one in southern Thailand

A bomb blast killed one woman on Friday in Surat Thani, the gateway to Thailand’s southern resort islands, officials said, hours after twin blasts in another resort town killed one and injured more than 20.

Provincial governor Wongsiri Promchana said the bomb, hidden in a flower bed, exploded in front of the marine police offices, killing a municipal worker and injuring another man.

“I think it’s related to the blasts in Hua Hin,” Wongsiri told AFP, referring to the overnight attack in the town that lies further north.


Aftermath of twin bomb attack in Hua Hin

A security official investigated the scene of a double bomb blast in Hua Hin, Thailand, which has reportedly left at least one person dead, reports Charlotte Krol.

Aftermath of twin bomb attack in Hua Hin Play! 00:24


Number of injured rises

The number of people injured in the attack has now risen to 20, police said.

It is understood that only one person, a Thai woman, was killed.


Hua Hin ‘on lockdown’

According to local reports, the resort town has been placed on lockdown following the twin bombings.




8 thoughts on “Thailand targeted with a series of bomb attacks in tourist areas over two days



      • This comment is facetious.

        Islamists demand Islam be tolerated in the name of religious freedom, the same religious freedom they demand be abolished for everyone else.

        Islamophobia [the irrational fear of being murdered by people who swear that their sole purpose in life is your murder] is their claim to victimhood.


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