Massacre in the south : car bomb in Narathiwat

71 wounded with 12 in critical conditions… Coordinated attacks… Car bomb + a bomb planted in a motorbike.

Suspected insurgents, blending in with some 300 village headmen and officials, set off a car bomb near the venue of a monthly meeting in Sukhirin district yesterday.

Seventy people were hurt in an attack police said was meant to inflict maximum damage.

At least 12 of the victims were in critical condition. A woman had been reported as dying from the explosion, but authorities said she was still fighting for her life at Sukhirin Hospital.

The homemade explosive was packed inside a fire extinguisher weighing about 50 kilograms and placed inside a sedan parked alongside the personal vehicles of officials attending the meeting.

Minutes later, a second bomb tied to a motorbike was detonated near a teashop. A third blast was heard soon after, but it was an exploding tyre, not a bomb. (Nation)

That’s a serious and painful wake up call… Even though the security has improved over the last months (see Bangkok Pundit who has statistics of violence in the South).

1 Response to “Massacre in the south : car bomb in Narathiwat”

  1. 1 Rockderk the Great 5 November 2008 at 4:39 am

    4 or 5 years ago I remember discussing CCTV installation at hot spots in the south as being one positive step that could make a serious difference in the ability of militants to carry out their drive-by shootings, bombings and what have you as well as aid authorites in identification of suspect vehicles, information gathering etc. More recently I read several articles where high ranking officials stated that CCTV would indeed be used in the south. But since then……what? Does anyone know [1] if they ever installed ANY CCTV cams? [2] if they had a budget for CCTV and if so what became of it?

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