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Separatists blamed for deadly car bomb in southern Thailand


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Separatists blamed for deadly car bomb in southern Thailand

A car bomb has killed at least three people and injured more than 30 others outside a hotel in southern Thailand.

It is the latest deadly attack in an area plagued by separatist violence. Thailand is mainly Buddhist, but parts of the south are majority Muslim and resistance to central government rule has existed there for decades.

Police said the bomb was left in a vehicle about 50 metres from a hotel in the town of Betong, which is popular with tourists from nearby Malaysia. At least one of the injured was Malaysian.

“This was the work of southern separatists, which often happens during Ramadan,” district police chief Wasan Puangnoi told Reuters.

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