Just breaking, not yet hitting English news services and very spotty on Thai news. Censorship in force. Some stories are starting to appear in the Thai English press. This confirms the mass attacks, but we know from other sources TV and radio that there were many more attacks in other provinces not yet in the print media.
This apparent mass attack at midnight April 6-7, 2017 comes after Monday’s grenade and shooting attack on a police checkpoint in Yala, injuring 9 officers. A few days before that there were three attacks killing a soldier and a police officer.
Nation Multimedia: Muslim insurgents carried out 11 almost simultaneous attacks in Pattani at midnight on Thursday and early Friday, causing several areas in the southern provinces to be hit by blackout.
Police said explosion sounds were heard after midnight in 12 districts of Pattani. Sounds of explosions were heard seven or eight times in Mueang district and Nongchik district before blackout gradually hit various areas.
After the blackout hit municipality area, the people, who were shopping and eating late at night, rushed home immediately.
Muslim attackers took down power and communications infrastructure – and part of it is (in many Thai people’s opinions) because of censorship due to the King just signed a new constitution into law on Thursday afternoon and the powers do not want that overshadowed by news of this mass attack. (It seems obvious that the Muslim mass attacks were timed to coincide with the King’s signing.)
About the King signing: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1228159/his-majesty-the-king-signs-constitution
This article says at least seven or eight bombs in Pattani province overnight, but is very short on details. We know there were many other attacks in other provinces.
Thanks to Chai for on site reporting.
News.co.au, April 7, 2017:
3 Kola Prefecture Explosion – burn Many spots in the power outage area.On April 7, 2560, at about 00.00 or (day 6 at 24.00), several serious incidents occurred in three southern border provinces. – Betong, Yala, have nailed the sail and burned rubber at Muto, Su-ngai Kolok, Narathiwat, and heard the explosion twice in the area of Su-ngai Kolok.And it was reported that there was a bomb at Palawan Mayor Narathiwat at Ruesu bombs 2 times, power outage has burned rubber front technical Kajana. Directions to Hat Yai, SongkhlaExplosion Bridges Before the first coconut roundabout, Nong Chik, Pattani, where Yarang Pattani bomb sound several times.In addition, in many areas of power outage, villagers must be in the dark.Introduction There is a Pattani 11 point Yala 4 point Narathiwat 8 points. (Google translated ‘explosions and incidents’ as ‘points’)
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