Aftermath of terrorist car bomb in Pattani, Thailand
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Security officials suspect Friday's car bomb in Pattani's Sai Buri district is the work of an insurgent group involved in other major attacks, including the videotaped ambush of soldiers in Mayo district.
Both Pattani Governor Theera Mintrasak and a local high-placed source linked the bombing to the drive-by killing of four soldiers on Mayo-Ban Palat road on July 28, which sparked fear among locals after security camera footage of the attack was leaked.
The Sai Buri car bomb plot, which killed six people, was believed to have been organised by the Yakariya Bango insurgent group. Officers had followed the group's movements for two weeks, but failed to stop the attack, the source said.
The bomb was hidden in a black Chevrolet sedan. The source said the car was stolen on Sept 7 from a woman in Songkhla who was thought to have been killed by the group.
In its latest car bomb attack, the group wanted to use the violence to "destroy the public's trust in the government" in solving the southern unrest and cause further damage to the local economy, Mr Theera said.
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