Yala, Thailand Bombings: Coordinated Attacks Kill At Least 3, Injure Dozens

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PATTANI, Thailand -- Thailand's military said more than a dozen coordinated bomb attacks in the country's insurgency-plagued south Tuesday killed at least three people and injured dozens.

The military's Internal Security Operations Command said suspected Muslim insurgents put bombs at 16 locations across the southern town of Yala, including a school, shops and hotels. Authorities defused five of the bombs.

The agency said three people were killed, 14 severely injured and 31 slightly injured. The explosions also caused power outages.

More than 4,700 people have been killed in Thailand's southernmost Muslim-dominated provinces since an Islamic insurgency flared in 2004.

Tuesday's attacks occurred on the anniversary of the 2004 suppression of an anti-government protest in Tak Bai in neighboring Narathiwat province. Seven demonstrators were fatally shot and 78 others died of asphyxiation after being piled on top of one another on military trucks to be taken to a detention center.

Internal Security Operations Command deputy director Akra Tiproj said one of the dead was believed to be a bomber because his body was found on a motorcycle that exploded. Planting bombs on motorcycles is a common tactic of the insurgents.

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