Seven hurt as car bomb hits Thai island

2015-04-11 08:45
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Bangkok - 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 Samui, police said on Saturday.

The bomb was packed inside a 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 that have been scorched by a 10-year insurgency that has killed more than 6,300 people.

"It's a car bomb but we cannot confirm what type of explosive materials they used," said police spokesperson Prawut Thavornsiri.

Poonsak Sophonsasmorong of the island's disaster prevention office said "six Thais and a 12-year-old Italian girl were treated for minor injuries", adding that they had all been released from hospital.

The Thai force came under fire for bungling the initial investigation and leaking erroneous information to the media during the probe into the murder of two British backpackers on Koh Tao island last year.

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