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3 dead, 50 hurt in multiple Thai south bombs

world Updated: Sep 17, 2011 21:25 IST

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Multiple bombings killed at least three people and wounded 50 on Friday in Thailand's insurgency-plagued deep south, police said.

Three near-simultaneous blasts targeted a hotel, police station and a Chinese-Thai cultural centre in Sungai Golok, in Narathiwat, one of three provinces in the Muslim-majority south where a seven-year rebellion has claimed thousands of lives.

It was initially unclear whether the casualties were concentrated in a particular area of the town, which is on Thailand's border with Malaysia.

Two of the devices -- outside the Parkson hotel and the Chinese centre -- were believed to have been planted on motorcycles. The police station explosion was thought to be from a car bomb.

Around 4,800 people have been killed in near-daily attacks since shadowy rebels launched an uprising in early 2004, according to the latest figures from Deep South Watch, an independent research group that monitors the conflict.

The organisation has said it has seen a higher frequency of attacks with a greater intensity of violence in recent months, with authorities and both Buddhist and Muslim civilians targeted.

On Thursday five soldiers were killed after suspected insurgents opened fire on those wounded in a roadside bombing, police said.