Eight bomb blasts have been reported in Thailand in the last 24 hours in the resort towns of Hua Hin, Phuket and other southern provinces. It what seems to be a coordinated attack, four people have been killed and multiple injured. Thailand’s junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha described the incidents as an attempt to “create chaos and confusion”.
Chan-O-Cha said, “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 that he didn’t know who the attackers were.
Four blasts have thrown Hua Hin out of pace in the last 24 hours, where two people have died. Two blasts are reported in Surat Thani, where one was killed. Tourist beach town Patong on the Phuket island witnessed two blasts. One person has been killed in Trang. The beach province of Phang Nga, as well, saw blasts.
Security measures are in place following the attack. No group has claimed responsibility for the blasts yet. However, the Thai administration ruled out international terrorism, believing it is the work of a local insurgency group. Security has been intensified at the airports in southern Thailand.
The south of Thailand, which is dominated by Muslims, has witnessed Islamic insurgency since the early 2000. Their tactics include bombings, beheadings and hit-and-run attacks.
The series of blasts are just a few days before the one year anniversary of the Erawan Shrine bombing, in which 20 people were killed. It is also a few days after Thailand adopted a military-backed Constitution.