Car bomb hits insurgency-plagued southern Thailand; 13 hurt

Suspected Muslim insurgents in southern Thailand on Friday detonated a car bomb that wounded 13 people and damaged buildings, police said. The bomb was hidden in a pickup truck that was parked in front of a karaoke bar in a commercial district in Narathiwat province, police Col. Manit Yimsaai said. He said the explosion wounded two soldiers and 11 civilians, one of them seriously. Manit said the blast just after the lunch break also damaged rows of restaurants and shops in the predominantly Buddhist neighborhood. He said the pickup was reported to have been stolen on Thailand’s southern border with Malaysia and had been used in a previous rebel attack.



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