Tensions are heating up during the Songkran (Thai new year) on very popular tourist island of Koh Samui, where a truck bomb went off late Friday night in a shopping mall’s car park.
Seven people were hurt but all have been released from the hospital already. There is violence in the southern part of Thailand where some Muslim rebels fight the majority Buddhist government.
You can read more about this on the Guardian’s website here of which below is an excerpt:
A car bomb wounded seven people, including an Italian girl, when it exploded in the parking area of a shopping mall on the Thai tourist island of Koh Samui, police said.
The bomb was packed inside a Mazda pick-up truck and exploded late on Friday in the car park of the Central Festival mall on the island while late-night shoppers were inside the building.
Police said the car had been stolen from Yala, one of Thailand’s three southernmost Muslim-majority provinces where a 10-year insurgency has killed more than 6,300 people.
“It’s a car bomb but we cannot confirm what type of explosive materials they used,” said Lieutenant-General Prawut Thavornsiri, spokesman for the Thai national police.
“The car used was Mazda pick-up truck stolen from Yala,” he added, without specifying whether the blast was believed to be linked to the conflict hundreds of miles away.
Let’s hope that the violence in the most southern part of Thailand doesn’t expand to tourist areas scaring them away and affecting the economy that is heavily dependent on tourism.
Of course the best course of action would be for the Muslim rebels and the Thai government to settle their issues, but this has been going on as long as I can remember.