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Bomb Blasts Kill 3 In Pekan Siam, 8 Injured In Sungai Golok

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PADANG BESAR – Three women were killed while two others were seriously hurt when a bomb exploded in front of a karaoke bar in Pekan Siam, Thailand, near here last night.

Pekan Siam police station chief Choketawee Janthongon said the two women who were killed on the spot included the premises owner, 43, while another woman died in Hatyai Hospital this morning.

Two other women hurt in the explosion were also Thais aged 28 to 40 years, he told reporters whem met at the scene of the crime. He said the incident occurred at 8.30pm local time.

The explosion destroyed six cars, five motorcycles and seven shophouses located near the karaoke bar.

Sources said the bomb mounted on a motorcycle was detonated using mobile phones less than 10 minutes after it was left in front of the karaoke bar.

The explosion followed a series of explosions in Golok last night. A group of Malaysian journalists and photographers saw Thailand police personnel collecting forensic material evidence at the scene.

The owner of a shophouse facing the karaoke bar known as Tuan Jo, 48, said he just stepped out less than 100 metres away when he heard an explosion.

“I ran back and saw some women sprawled in the karaoke bar which began operations less than seven months ago. My shop was rained by shrapnel from the explosion.”

Meanwhile, Kanika Ruang Song, 65, said she was in the back part of her shop when she heard an explosion.

“This morning, I found the rear windscreen of my son’s Honda CRV shattered while shrapnels were found in front of my shop,” she said.

Local resident Haji Hassan, 62, said he was performing teraweh prayers in a mosque about 800 metres from the scene when he heard an explosion at 8.30pm.

In SUNGAI GOLOK, seven bombs exploded injuring eight people, and several business premises were destroyed in an ensuing fire.

Sungai Golok police chief Pol Kol Korn-Art Suwannakam said three bombs exploded simultaneously between 6.51-7.00pm local time in the Sungai Golok town, targeting food and karaoke outlets.

The first bomb went off at Jenny’s Restaurant, followed by Pattna Buffet restaurant, which were only 300 metres apart from each other along the Luksea-Nusorn road in Sungai Golok town.

However, no casualties were reported.

The third bomb detonated at 7pm close to the Busaba karaoke joint located in Prachawiwat which shattered its windows, and injured eight people in the vicinity.

Pol Kol Korn-Art said at 12.10 am local time, four more bombs exploded in the town of Sungai Golok simultaneously.

The first was at a shop selling car parts called ‘Somchai Alaiyon’, located on Prachaviwat Road, which caused a fire, and destroyed four houses.

Several fire engines were deployed, and it took them more than two hours to put out the fire, he said.

At the same time, three other bombs exploded near business premises, hotels and shops. Ten business premises were destroyed in the ensuing fire.

So far, no Malaysians have been reported dead or injured in the incident. – Bernama

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