27 wounded in Thailand New Year's Eve bombings

Five bombs explode in nightlife area of a border town; Thai army blames Muslim insurgents

soldier thailand 298 ap (photo credit: AP)
soldier thailand 298 ap
(photo credit: AP)
As the world welcomed in 2008, revelries in Thailand were marred by bombings that wounded 27 people. An army spokesman said he believed that five bombs set off by suspected Muslim insurgents in a Thai-Malaysian border tourist town likely targeted New Year's revelers. The bombs exploded in the hotel and nightlife area of Sungai Kolok, including two inside a hotel discotheque and one hidden in the carrying basket of a motorcycle outside a hotel, spokesman Col. Akara Thiprote said. More than 2,500 people have been killed since the violence escalated in 2004.