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A freight train that was bombed and experienced gunfire over the weekend in Southern Thailand is back up and running. The bomb exploded as the train was passing through Narathiwat on the Bangkok- Sungai Kolok route Saturday at around 12:30pm. Gunshots were fired at one carriage. The explosion damaged the train and the rail track, but luckily no one was injured in the attack. Train services were put on hold while the track was being repaired.

Reports do not say who was behind the attack, but there are often small bombings and attacks in Narathiwat due to the religious separatist insurgency. Railway police and defence volunteers were on board the train for security as it left the southern province. The train arrived at the Hat Yai railway junction in Songkhla at 7.30am this morning.

The train is a special service that transports agricultural goods and parcels between Bangkok and Sungai Kolok in Narathiwat, in order to cut down on overhead for farmers who have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The service is scheduled to run from August 26 to October 1.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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