Friday’s blasts came just hours after one person was killed and nearly 20 injured, including foreign tourists, by two explosions in Hua Hin on Thursday night (Aug 11).
All of the bombs were reportedly detonated by mobile phone signals. Explosive Ordinance Detachments and forensic teams were investigating the types of bombs and trying to determine motive.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha claimed to know the latter. “The bombs are an attempt to create chaos and confusion,” he told reporters.
“Why have the bombs occurred as our country is heading towards stability, a better economy and tourism - and who did it? You have to find out,” the premier said.
Finger-pointing usually implicates followers of self-exiled ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra. But Friday’s blasts were in anti-Thaksin regions, and all occurred in provinces where voters approved Gen Prayut’s proposed new constitution last Sunday by huge majorities.
Two bombs went off in front of Surat Thani police stations. Two more hit Phuket. A bomb was suspected to have started a major fire at a Nakhon Si Thammarat supermarket.
In Surat Thani, a bomb exploded in front of the marine police office, and another in front of the main police station in the town.
The first of the two blasts, exactly 30 minutes and 400 metres apart, killed one man and wounded three other bystanders.
In Phuket, a bomb went off in front of a police booth at the end of Walking Street Road in Thaweewong Road in Patong . A motorcycle taxi driver was slightly injured.
A second device exploded at Loma Beach on the same road, but caused no injuries.
Late Friday morning, the US embassy issued a “security message for US citizens” on the bombings.
“Thai officials have identified no US citizens among the injured victims,” it said.
US “travellers to the area should avoid the affected areas, review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.”
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