UPDATE: 21 year old man found dead after Deep South bombing

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Following the bomb explosions in three Deep South provinces on August 16, officers found one man dead inside a 7-Eleven shop in the Su-ngai Golok district of Narathiwas province.

Yesterday, officers from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal investigated a 7-Eleven store inside a petrol station that was bombed as part of the attack and found the charred body of a 21 year old, Masarit Mama, under a product shelf.

He was a customer in the store when the insurgents arrived. According to the report, the insurgents asked all 7-Eleven staff and customers to leave the store before setting off the bomb. It is believed Masarit ignored the order by the insurgents and tried to hide inside the store.

Meanwhile, staff from a petrol station at the La Nga sub-district, in the Mayo district of Pattani province, handed over a suspicious bag to police yesterday. The staff was right to do so as police discovered the bag hid an improvised explosive device. The bomb was set to start working at the same time as the others, but it had malfunctioned and not detonated.

Masarit is the first and only death reported from the bomb explosion that night. Officers are still investigating each scene to gather evidence hoping it will lead to the insurgent group.

ORIGINAL STORY: Insurgents bomb petrol stations & shops in Deep South

Bomb explosions were reported last night at a number of petrol stations and convenience stores in three Deep South provinces including Narathiwat, Yala, and Pattani.

The media reported the bomb explosions went off between 12.20am to 12.40am in six districts of Narathiwas provinces. Six branches of 7-Eleven stores, a Mini Big C in Bacho, Si Sakhon, Su-ngai Golok, Rueso, and Chanae were destroyed. There is no confirmation about the loss of life and injuries from the incidents.

Two more bombs were reported in Pattani. The first one went off in Bang Chak Petrol Station in Bor Thong sub-district, Nong Chik district. The second bomb in Pattani happened at a Mini Big C in Nam Dam sub-district, Tung Yang Daeng district. No deaths or injuries were reported from the incidents.

Another four bombs hit convenience stores in four districts of Yala province including three branches of 7-Eleven stores in Yaha, Bannang Star, and Mueng districts, and Mini Big C in Raman district.

In Yala, one witness informed the police of seeing four suspects riding motorbikes and throwing bombs into the convenience stores. Every convenience store in Yala is now temporarily closed for the safety of staff and residents.

Officers from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Forensic Science Office reported they would be investigated the scenes to gather more evidence to find the insurgents today.

SOURCE: PPTV HD | Thairath | Thansettakij

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Petch Petpailin

Petpailin, or Petch, is a Thai translator and writer for The Thaiger who focuses on translating breakingThai news stories into English. With a background in field journalism, Petch brings several years of experience to the English News desk at The Thaiger. Before joining The Thaiger, Petch worked as a content writer for several known blogging sites in Bangkok, including Happio and The Smart Local. Her articles have been syndicated by many big publishers in Thailand and internationally, including the Daily Mail, The Sun and the Bangkok Post. She is a news writer who stops reading news on the weekends to spend more time cafe hopping and petting dwarf shrimp! But during office hours, you can find Petch on LinkedIn and you can reach her by email at petch@thethaiger.com.

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