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Thailand Bomb Attacks Kill Four Ahead of Queen's Birthday

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Investigators work at the scene of an explosion in the resort town of Hua Hin, 240 kilometers (150 miles) south of Bangkok, Thailand Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. The blast followed a series of two explosions in Hua Hin Thursday evening that left one person dead and a number injured. (AP Photo/Jerry Harmer)

By    |   Friday, 12 August 2016 09:43 AM

Bomb attacks in Thailand on Thursday and Friday killed at least four people and injured many more.

Four bombs rocked Hua Hin, about 125 miles south of Bangkok, killing two, while two other blasts hit Patong, a tourist beach town on Phuket island, according to the BBC News. Others blasts were reported in Surat Thani, where one person died; Trang, were another person was killed; and Phang Nga, reported the BBC News.

Police Lt. Lt. Chaiyot Tisawong told The Associated Press that one overnight blast in Hua Hin on a busy street filled with bars and restaurants killed a Thai woman and wounded at least 20 people.

The apparent coordinated attacks in Hua Hin injured 11 foreigners, while the wave of blasts across southern Thailand has wounded dozens of others, noted The Telegraph. Authorities said that they did not think the incidents are connected with Islamic or international terrorism.

"This is not a terrorist attack," Piyapan Pingmuang, Thailand's national police deputy spokesman, told reporters in Bangkok, according to The Guardian. "It is just local sabotage that is restricted to limited areas and provinces."

Authorities told The Telegraph that four of the injured Hua Hin tourists were Germans, two were Italians and one was from Austria. The Netherlands reported that four of its citizens were also wounded in the Hua Hin blasts.

While there was been no clear indication of who caused the string of bombings, The Telegraph wrote that Friday was a public holiday in Thailand marking the birthday of Queen Sirikit.

The Associated Press reported that Thai voters approved a constitutional referendum last Sunday that is supposed to lead to elections in 2017, but critics charged that it will actually keep the military in control for at least five more years.

The Guardian pointed out that the attacks happened a few days before the first anniversary of the bombing of a Hindu shrine in Bangkok that killed 22 people and wounded more than 100 more.

"The bombs are an attempt to create chaos and confusion," Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha told reporters, according to The Telegraph. "We should not make people panic more. Why the bombs occurred as our country is heading towards stability, a better economy and tourism – and who did it – you have to find out for me."

On Friday, Britain, the United States, and other countries issued Thailand travel warnings for its residents, noted The Associated Press.

"The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against all but essential travel to the provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla on the Thai-Malaysia border," said the British statement.

"There have been multiple explosions and incidents in tourist areas across Thailand on 11 and 12 August 2016. There's an increased security presence in cities, tourist areas and transport hubs – airports are currently operating as normal. There are restrictions and checks on local travel, including on the road between Bangkok and Hua Hin," the statement continued.

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