Bomb kills 6, wounds 20 in Thailand

The explosive, planted on a motorcycle, was detonated as two suspected Muslim insurgents rode past a roadside restaurant; Thai king calls for unity.

December 4, 2007 16:44
1 minute read.
Bomb kills 6, wounds 20 in Thailand

south thailand 88. (photo credit: )


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


A powerful bomb killed six people and injured twenty Tuesday in one of the deadliest attacks in recent months in Thailand's insurgency-plagued south, an army spokesman said. An explosive, planted in a motorcycle gas tank, was detonated as two suspected Muslim insurgents rode the motorcycle past a roadside restaurant, Army spokesman Col. Akara Thiprote said in a telephone interview. "We suspect that the bomb went off in front of the restaurant before they intended it to," Akara said, adding that the two were killed instantly. Two victims were restaurant workers and the other two were people standing outside the open-air restaurant. The attacks came after a lull in years of violence in Thailand's southernmost provinces. More than 2,600 people have been killed in the Muslim-majority provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat, and the southern part of nearby Songkhla, since a long-simmering Islamic separatist insurgency flared up in January 2004. A recent lull in the large-scale violence is partly due to a targeted effort to round up major suspects, Akara said. Despite government efforts to suppress the rebels, they carry out drive-by killings and small-scale bombings almost daily, apparently in an effort to terrorize Buddhist residents into leaving the area. The attack came on the eve of the 80th birthday of Thailand's beloved monarch but there was no immediate link between the two events. Thailand's aging King Bhumibol Adulyadej pleaded for his people to be united to safeguard the nation in his annual birthday speech. He did not talk about the violent Islamic insurgency in the three southernmost provinces.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon.
May 22, 2019
UN envoy to Iraq calls for international support to prevent IS resurgence