Bomb blasts rock south Thailand

Other News Materials 4 November 2008 11:14 (UTC +04:00)

Police in Thailand say at least 60 people have been injured by two near-simultaneous bomb blasts in the south of the country, reported Aljazeera.

The blasts on Tuesday occurred in Sukhirin district, part of the southern province of Narathiwat.

No deaths have been reported.

Reports quote local police as saying the bombs exploded almost at the same time - one outside a local government office, the other at a nearby teashop.

Narthiwat is one of three majority Muslim provinces in the far south of predominantly Buddhist Thailand, bordering Malaysia.

The region has seen scores of attacks over the past five years that police have attributed to Muslim separatist fighters.

More than 3,000 people have died.

On Monday night a 47-year-old religious teacher was shot dead in Narathiwat province, while a 41-year-old man was killed laterthe same night in a similar attack in nearby Pattani province, police said.

Last week Somchai Wongsawat, Thailand's new prime minister, visited the south and told reporters that the troubles in the region appeared to have eased.