A string of eleven coordinated explosions rattled multiple cities across southern Thailand, leaving no less than four persons dead and about 34 injured, authorities have said on Friday.
The explosions, which came on the eve and the morning of Friday’s national holiday, injured 11 foreigners in the seaside resort town of Hua Hin.
The resort on the Gulf of Thailand is used by the Thai royal family, who stay at the Klai Kangwon, or “far from worries”, palace.
No one has taken responsibility for the explosions, even as Thai police revealed that there was no evidence the attacks were related to international terrorism.
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The way and scope, in which the explosions occurred, suggested that the bombs were set off by opponents of the Southeast Asian nation’s ruling junta, which last weekend organized a successful referendum on a constitution that critics say will bolster the military’s power for years to come.
According to the police, they had intelligence pointing to imminent attacks, but did not have details of when and where they would be carried out.
Authorities said four of the injured tourists were from Germany, two from Italy and one from Austria. The Netherlands said four of its citizens were also wounded.
Britain and Australia reacted to the news by advising their nationals to avoid public places.