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Bombing highlights increased likelihood of civilian-targeted attacks in southern Thailand, frequency to probably increase ahead of elections

24 January 2018


On 22 January 2018, a motorcycle bomb exploded at a market in Kwang Chia Burana Road, Mueang Yala, the capital of Yala province in southern Thailand.

Three people were killed and 34 others injured, according to local sources. The Internal Security Operations Command, the unit of Thai military responsible for national security issues, stated that a cell of the Malay-Muslim insurgency was behind the attack. It was reported that a young individual was seen parking the motorcycle near a meat stall before rushing away on foot. Minutes later, the bomb went off as a local stall owner tried to move the vehicle.

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