Four people died and about forty got wounded. This is the toll of the several attacks that shook Thailand in the last few hours. At least 11 bombs went off in different locations throughout the country: five bombs blew up in resorts on the southern coast of the country, including the Hua Hin and Phuket resorts.
The attacks have not been claimed yet, but there is an obvious coordination behind them. While continuing the investigation, Bangkok authorities – notoriously fearful of the effects the attacks may have on tourism – have ruled out the possibility of terrorism, especially that of Islamic terrorism, preferring to refer to the events as a “local sabotage.”
The most serious attack occurred last night in Hua Hin, 200 kilometers south of Bangkok. In a street next to a popular tourist market, two bombs blew up twenty minutes of one another, killing one person and injuring over 20 more people, including two Italians. One of them was dismissed after first aid, whereas the other – Andrea Tazzioli, 51, from Genoa – underwent shoulder surgery to remove a splinter. “I was two meters away from the bomb; I’ve been lucky,” the man told ANSA.
The city of Hua Hin was also struck by two explosions near the clock tower, which killed one person. Another Thai victim was recorded in Surat Thani, further south, after a ceremony to mark the birthday of Thailand’s Queen Sirikit. Whereas in Phuket, in the tourist area of Patong, a smaller bomb exploded and injured a person; other smaller bombs have been identified and defused by police.
The matrix of the attack is not clear yet. An Islamic separatist movement has been present for over a decade in the far south of the country. It is responsible for a guerrilla war that claimed 6,000 lives, but so far it has always struck within the four provinces where it operates. No links have ever been found between this movement and global Islamic terrorism or Isis.