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Several explosions and fires occurred on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday August 17 in three provinces from southern Thailand, a region plagued by a separatist armed conflict. View onononews

Une boutique attaquée en Thaïlande, le 16 août 2022 © SUMETH PANPETCH/COPYRIGHT 2022 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. A boutique attacked in Thailand, on August 16, 2022

Several explosions and fires occurred in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday August 17 in three provinces in southern Thailand, a region plagued by a separatist armed conflict, announced the authorities.

Seven people were slightly injured in incidents concerning the regions of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat, according to the army. Seventeen places were targeted, especially proximity grocery stores and service stations, after midnight. Police said they were going to recover video surveillance images and other evidence.

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The reason behind these explosions remains to be determined, according to the authorities. The insurgents most often target symbols of Thai authority or its security forces. Since 2004, Thailand, mainly Buddhist, has been struggling with a separatist insurgency in several Muslim majority provinces close to Malaysia, a conflict that has left nearly 7,300 dead, mostly civilians. If the attacks have been rarer since the 2014 coup, 113 people having been killed in 2021 against nearly 900 in 2007, according to figures from the Deep South Watch organization, peace negotiations remain bogged down.

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