HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — Four people have been wounded in southern Thailand by one of several bombs suspected of being planted by Muslim separatists.
Security officials in Narathiwat province said Friday night's violence also included a shootout between security forces and suspected insurgents who attacked a defense outpost at a small rural village. The bombs mostly targeted utility poles and caused a blackout in one village.
Nearby Songkhla province on Wednesday and Thursday nights experienced similar small bombing attempts, including two that damaged well-known statues at a popular beach but caused no casualties.
Since 2004, Thailand's deep south has been wracked by a Muslim insurgency that has left about 7,000 people dead.