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Bomb attack hits S Thailand, one dead, 14 injured

2009-08-29 03:13:32 GMT2009-08-29 11:13:32 (Beijing Time)  xinhuanet

BANGKOK, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- Suspected insurgents on Saturday threw a bomb at a group of villagers in south Thailand, leaving one dead and 14 injured.

The incident occurred in Sai Buri district in Pattani province when two gunmen in a motorcycle threw a bomb at the villagers playing petanque, the Thai-language news agency, INN said.

Authorities believe that the attackers were trying to create chaos in the area.

It was the second most serious attack in less than a week.

On Tuesday, insurgents detonated a bomb hidden in a car park near a restaurant in Thailand's southern province of Narathiwat neighboring Pattani, injuring 42 people who were having lunch.

Thailand's deep South, which includes mainly the three southernmost provinces Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat as well as some parts of Songkla province, has undergone violence by suspected separatists during which more than 3,700 people have been killed since 2004.

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