Four dead as fresh blasts rock tourist towns across Thailand (UPDATE 2)
10:15 (GMT +4) A string of bomb attacks targeting Thailand's crucial tourism industry have killed four people, officials said Friday, sending authorities scrambling to identify a motive and find the perpetrators, TRT reported.
Twin bombs exploded in the upscale resort of Hua Hin late Thursday, killing one woman and wounding more than 20 others, including nine foreign tourists, and were followed by two more on Friday morning that killed another person.
A further two blasts struck Friday in the popular tourist town of Phuket, while two more bombs were reported in the southern provinces of Trang and Surat Thani, in each of which one person was killed.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha called for calm and said he did not know who was behind the attacks. "The bombs are an attempt to create chaos and confusion," he told reporters. "We should not make people panic more."
07:32 (GMT +4) Death toll after series of blasts has reached 2 people, RIA Novosti reported.
06:49 (GMT +4) Blasts hit Thailand's Phuket, Surat Thani and Hua Hin resort, there are casualties, Sputnik International reported.
A series of six blasts hit Thailand’s resort areas on Friday morning, leading to at least one death and injuries, local media report.
Two explosions occurred in the southern city of Surat Thani, two on the Phuket Island, and two in the Hua Hin resort, according to Thai Rath TV.
In Surat Thani, one person was killed. In Hua Hin at least four people were wounded, Thai Rath TV said.
On Phuket Island, one person was injured.
All blasts have struck near police stations in about one hour. The police have managed to defuse one of the bombs in Hua Hin.
21:43 (GMT +4) At least 1 person was killed and 14 more injured after two explosions ripped through the Thai resort of Hua Hin late Thursday, Anadolu reported.
Police Radio Station FM 91 reported that one Thai vendor was killed after two explosions occurred shortly before midnight on a popular street with tourists and locals alike.
According to the radio broadcast, the injured were sent to a nearby hospital where two remain in a critical condition.
Police have asked locals to shelter in place or return home if they are near their places of residence.
The blasts occurred the day before the long weekend celebrating the Queen's birthday in Thailand, which is also marked as Mother's Day by locals.
An insurgency in Thailand’s Muslim south has wracked border areas with Malaysia for decades, but insurgents have rarely troubled areas north of this.