In our increasingly radical society, terror attacks and bombings have unfortunately been an increasingly uncommon sight.
We all know about the Russia-Ukraine War. Some of us know about the Istanbul bombing. Some of us even know about the missile that hit Poland. There is now a new addition to the spate: the Thailand police station car bombing.
Car Bomb in Police Compound Kills One, Injures At Least 30
On Tuesday (22 November), in Southern Thailand, a car bomb has been set off in a police compound, killing one and injuring 30.
Lieutenant Colonel Niti Suksan has announced: “It was a car bomb. We are still clearing the area and the number of injured could increase.” It has also been expected by police officials that the death toll could increase.
At least 29 people were treated at hospital for injuries, among them police officers and civilians, said Pornprasit Jantra, director of Narathiwat Rajanagarindra hospital.
At the time of writing, no party has claimed responsibility for the bomb’s detonation.
Video of the Accident
There has been a video of the accident’s aftermath posted on Twitter.
WATCH: #BNNThailand Reports.
At least one person was killed and several injured after a bomb exploded inside a police compound in southern Thailand on Tuesday, according to a police official. #Thailand #accident pic.twitter.com/UA0ZD5fUDo
— Gurbaksh Singh Chahal (@gchahal) November 22, 2022
In the video, smoke was seen billowing from a low-rise compound as firefighters sprayed water jets into the cloud of grey. Police and firemen surrounded the smoking area. Also, there were sounds of sirens, likely to be paramedics or police en route.
History of Violence
Geographically, the region borders Malaysia.
For long it has experienced insurgency from Muslim groups seeking independence for the predominantly Muslim provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and parts of Songkhla.
This attack marks the 18th attack in the series of attacks since August.
In total, around 7,300 people have lost their lives in the conflict since the beginning in 2004.
Why is this happening?
Since the government imposed martial law over the region in 2014, the people have wanted to restore the south’s independence.
Although peace talks began in 2013, they proved fruitless.
General Wanlop Rugsanaoh, who heads the Peace Dialogue Panel, announced in August, with regards to these attacks: “Not only (do) these incidents affect the livelihood of the people and the economy in the area; they also have negative impact on the peaceful environment and trust people have in the peace dialogue process, which (has) been progressing steadily,”
Our world has been in constant turmoil in recent times. We can only pray that this all would end soon.
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