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NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs     31 October  2011

Southern violence continues unabated
Ten coordinated bomb attacks occurred across five districts of Narathiwat on Sunday. No one was injured.

The bombings took place in Sungai Padi, Sungai Kolok, Yi-ngo, Tak Bai and Rueso districts.

The bombs used were mostly improvised devices.

Two attacks took place in Sungai Padi district. A bomb inside a soft drink can weighing about 1kg went off at a shoe shop in tambon Paluru municipality. The blast damaged the shop. Another explosion occurred behind Sungai Padi railway station.

In Sungai Kolok, a home-made bomb damaged a gift shop close to Inter Tower Hotel in the municipal area.

In Yi-ngo, a grenade was hurled into a house owned by Kanuengnit Chusing, a teacher at Ban Ku Wae school.

In Tak Bai, two bombs exploded, one at a grocery store in tambon Jehe and the other near the fence of Anuban Som Thawil school in the central area.

In Rueso, four explosions went off, caused by home-made bombs. The first went off a 7-Eleven store, the second at the Yong Huad store belonging to Prasert Sae Ung, the third at

a hawker outlet and a fourth at a grocery store. The blasts took place in tambon Rueso.

The explosions caused fires at the 7-Eleven and Yong Huad stores. No one was hurt.

Also in Narathiwat, three people were earlier shot dead in Muang district.

Police said two men, identified as Srithong Masi, 75, and Theeerapong Sae Lim, 42, were gunned down at a petrol station tambon Bang Por. Nearby, Mr Srithong's daughter-in-law, Mali Masi, was also found dead with bullet wounds to her head in a grocery shop.

Police said two gunmen on a motorcycle pulled over and shot dead Mr Srithong. They went around the station and shot dead Mr. Theerapong.

Another two men on a motorcycle then stopped at the grocery shop and shot dead Ms Mali. Police suspect the four gunmen might be the same group.

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