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BANGKOKFour people have been killed and more than two dozen injured in a wave of lethal bombings across Thailand that appeared to target the countrys crucial tourism industry at the start of a long vacation weekend. Officials tightened security in tourist spots and at airports in affected areas following the incidents.
Authorities said it was unclear who was behind the explosions, which passed as Thais marked the 84 th birthday of the nations beloved Queen Sirikit, on August 12, which also is Mothers Day.
Some analysts speculated that a long-running insurgency in the countrys deep south may be spreading farther north. Others suggested the bombers may oppose the military regime and were spurred to action by a recent referendum that codifies political dominance by the generals, who overthrew the elected government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra two years ago.
Two people died in two separate bombings in the seaside resort town of Hua Hin, site of the royal familys summertime palace. Two explosions 30 minutes apart reach a market region in the town Thursday evening, killing one person and injuring 19. Another person died when two more explosions passed Friday morning.
One person were killed when two explosions rocked Surat Thani in southern Thailand on Friday morning. Three other people were injured. One bomb exploded in front of the marine police office, the other in front of the police station in Muang district.
On Thursday, one human was killed and five others wounded when a bomb exploded in the southern province of Trang. The detonation shook the Muang district in a place not far from the house of the provincial police chief, city hall, and several government offices.
One person was injured in one of two explosions in Phuket, one of the countrys most popular tourist destinations, also can be found in the south. One device exploded at a police booth in the Patong Beach area and the second at Loma Beach. Authorities disabled a third bomb.
None of the bombs were suicide bombs.
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, members of the general who heads the junta that staged the military takeover dtat in May 2014, called for soothe. He said he did not know who was behind the two attacks, but declared that, The bombs are an attempt to create chaos and confusion.
Authority have ordered that all police units stay alert and have boosted security in large public-gathering areas throughout the country, told Kritsana Pattanacharoen, a Royal Thai Police spokesman. Please stay calm and cooperate with authorities, he told at a press conference. He also appealed for citizens to notify police if they have any information that could help in the bombings investigation.
Thailand has been quiet since the military took power two years ago. That is due largely to a crackdown by the army and police, which have moved to end a cycle of sometimes fatal confrontation between rival groups that have occurred on and off since Thaksin Shinawatra, Yinglucks older brother, was deposed as prime minister in a previous takeover in September 2006.
The clampdown has ended dueling demoes, some of them violent, by Thaksin advocates, referred to as red shirts and yellow shirts, who back the military, big businesspeople, and ultraroyalists who constitute the status quo. The government also has placed harsh restrictions on the media.
In a referendum last Sunday, Thai voters strongly supported a new military-drafted constitution that allows the military to appoint the entire senatewhich would then have the power to dissolve a future elected government in times of crisis. Critics have dismissed the referendum as undemocratic , noting that the vote no side was not allowed to campaign and was denied access to radio and television.