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Thai Police Suspect Southern Insurgents in Bangkok Bombings

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Malay-Muslim men in Pattani

Malay-Muslim men in Pattani, southern Thailand. Image: udeyismail.

BANGKOK – Thai authorities are casting suspicion on southern separatists while suggested broader political motives for a series of bombings that shook Bangkok Friday during a summit of top diplomats from the U.S., China and the region.

A low-level insurgency has been simmering for years in Thailand’s far south — where Muslim militants want to break away from the Buddhist-majority country — but rarely spread as far north as the capital. Analysts say any insurgents involved in Friday’s attacks may have been acting as mercenaries for other groups, as they have before.

The blasts hit five locations across Bangkok during the Friday morning rush hour, including a government office complex, army headquarters, the office of the defense secretary and a public transit train station, leaving four people with minor injuries.

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By Zomber Peter
VOA News

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