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Car bomb attack in Betong condemned

 BANGKOK, July 26 -- The National Human Rights Commission of Thailand on Saturday issued a statement condemning the Friday’s car bomb attack in the southern district of Betong which left three persons killed and more than 40 wounded.
Charging that the barbarous act was tantamount to a severe violation of human rights, the statement said the attack was illegal, violated every religion's teachings and was against the universal human rights principles.
Police in Betong in Yala province said the car bomb attack in the district was the first such occurrence in the past eight years and they were inspecting surveillance cameras to find evidence and track down the bomber.
The attack also took place as Thai Muslims were planning to celebrate the Hari Raya on Sunday. The Hari Raya is traditionally celebrated after the annual Ramadan fasting period.
Police said the bomb was hidden in a cooking gas cylinder which was placed in a stolen pickup truck parked in front of the Holiday Hill Hotel.
The explosive was detonated remotely, using a mobile phone.
Eyewitnesses told police that they saw a van picked up the suspected bomber, which then drove away shortly before the bomb exploded.
In another incident which occurred late on Friday in the southern district of Rueso, Narathiwat province, two soldiers were wounded after a bomb exploded while they were patrolling a village.
The wounded soldiers were later sent to a hospital in the district for treatment.
Police said an unknown number of insurgents hiding in a roadside forest used a radio signal to detonate the homemade bomb, which was contained inside a cooking gas cylinder.
As several bomb attacks occurred ahead of the Hari Raya celebrations, police in Songkhla’s Hat Yai district have stepped up patrolling the district in order to reinforce confidence for residents as well as foreign tourists, who are mostly Malaysians and Singaporeans.
Despite the incidents, hotel rooms in the district were fully booked for Sunday.

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