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Old 08-11-2016, 21:32   #1
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Multiple Bombings in Southern Thailand

A number of the QPs here are very familiar with the Kingdom, and many of us have been to the places hit. Not sure if it is relevant, but these bombs went off on the queen's birthday.

There as been a Muslim sepratists insugency in southern Thailand for years. However, the provinces involved are well south of these bombings.

Hua Hin
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37049989

Thailand bombs: Hua Hin resort hit by twin blasts

Two bombs have exploded in the Thai resort of Hua Hin, killing one woman and injuring 19 people including foreign tourists.
The bombs were hidden in plant pots spaced 50m (164 ft) apart, and detonated by mobile phones within half an hour of each other, police said.
Local reports say the woman who died was running a food stall in the area of the blasts.
Five foreigners are reported to be among the injured.
Twin bombings are a regular occurrence in Thailand's three southern provinces, which are wracked by an insurgency, but it is rare to find such attacks in Thailand's tourist areas.
Briton Mark Gainsford told the BBC he had been in a bar near the blasts: "I heard people shouting 'Bomb! Bomb!' but I didn't hear any blast.
"I ran out to see if I could help. I saw eight to 10 people injured, on the floor. The police arrived very quickly."
Hua Hin, an upmarket coastal resort on the Gulf of Thailand, is popular with foreign and Thai visitors.
Its royal palace is famous as the preferred home of King Bhumibol Adulyade.

Patong Beach, Phuket

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...b/3036384.html

1 injured after bomb explodes at Phuket’s Patong beach: Reports

PHUKET: At least one person was injured after a bomb exploded at Phuket’s Patong beach, an area popular with tourists, according to local reports.

Bomb disposal officers were dispatched to diffuse another bomb at the nearby Loma beach, The Nation newspaper reported.

At least four people have been killed and more than 20 injured in multiple explosions at three other locations in Thailand – Hua Hin, Surat Thani and Trang – since Thursday afternoon.

Two loud blasts were heard in the Thai seaside resort of Hua Hin on Friday, according to a Reuters witness said, just hours after two other blasts killed one person in the popular tourist destination south of Bangkok.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-3...e=news_central

Thailand blasts: More explosions strike southern Thailand

A series of blasts have hit southern Thailand, hours after two bombs killed one and injured 19 in a seaside resort town.
Late on Thursday twin blasts killed a local food vendor in the popular tourist town of Hua Hin, near the capital Bangkok.
On Friday, the town was hit again by at least one blast at the clock tower.
Another bomb went off in the popular beach resort of Patong, on the island of Phuket
At least three people have been killed and dozens injured across Thailand in Friday's blasts.

I've also heard there was another bomb in Trang. This city is the furthest south of the all the other locations mentioned (roughly between Krabi and Songkla), and closer to the conflict zone, and the only one not a resort town full of foreigners.
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Shit!

My wife and kid have a reservation next week to stay a few days in Hua Hin. (Well, at least she isn't there now. I know she's someplace else.)

This is becoming more prevalent now to focus on tourism than political parties.
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UPDATE: Two explosions in Phuket, 3rd bomb disarmed

http://www.thephuketnews.com/two-bom...KFBJdzypjdD.97

Two bomb explosions in Patong, third found bomb found

PHUKET: Two bombs exploded In Patong this morning (Aug 12), the first close to the police box on Bangla Rd the second at Loma Park. A third Bomb has also been found outside the Baan Thai Hotel.


Notes for those not familiar with the area:

Phuket is an island connected by bridge to the mainland. Patong is the main tourist town on Phuket. When people talk about going to Phuket, they usually mean Patong.

The hotel where the 3rd bomb was found is about a block, maybe two, from the dive shop I use when visiting there. Bangla Road is the main bar/party area for foreign tourists in Patong. There are quite a few bars owned by, and patronized by Australians on Bangla Road. Phuket International Airport (HKT) has direct flights to and from Sydney.
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Old 08-11-2016, 22:13   #4
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Shit!

My wife and kid have a reservation next week to stay a few days in Hua Hin. (Well, at least she isn't there now. I know she's someplace else.)

This is becoming more prevalent now to focus on tourism than political parties.
Make sure they're tracking current events, brother. I'm now hearing reports of a suspicious object found at the Hua Hin train station. However, I don't know if this is ongoing, delayed reporting of a resolved incident, or even just paranoia.
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Make sure they're tracking current events, brother. I'm now hearing reports of a suspicious object found at the Hua Hin train station. However, I don't know if this is ongoing, delayed reporting of a resolved incident, or even just paranoia.
Great! They are (were planning) taking the train down.

I'll keep on things this week. Already told her to watch news and decide if she still wants to go.

They'll be leaving end of the month to return home so there's always the airport. Some things you have no control over.

Paranoia has kept the voices in my head from having a boring one sided conversation.
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WE aren't paranoid. We just live in a heightened state of awareness.
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These "suspicious items" were reportedly found along a footpath in Patong. Charlies, what say you? Small IEDs with a connector for a power source?
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These "suspicious items" were reportedly found along a footpath in Patong. Charlies, what say you? Small IEDs with a connector for a power source?
Are those areosol / spray paint cans?

Possibly like those reported and used in the bombing outside the German office for Migration?

http://www.professionalsoldiers.com/...ad.php?t=51313

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Are those areosol / spray paint cans?

Possibly like those reported and used in the bombing outside the German office for Migration?

http://www.professionalsoldiers.com/...ad.php?t=51313

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Would have once been aerosol mosquito spray. Now turned into pipe bombs.
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Thai police calling this "local sabotage" and not terrorism. Bullshit. I guess they don't want a mass exodus from the resorts.
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Thai police calling this "local sabotage" and not terrorism. Bullshit. I guess they don't want a mass exodus from the resorts.
Yeah I read that. What's the definition of terrorism again - to instill fear, panic and mistrust in the government for political purposes, or to further a cause? Must have gotten lost in translation.

A kid blowing up your mailbox with an M80 is criminal mischief. This is Muslim separatists or the UDD (Red Shirts) making a statement.

ETA: taken right out of the Obama playbook. Multiple IEDs remotely detonated in five cities miles apart in a coordinated attack on a significant day/weekend and it's - local sabotage (aka workplace violence)
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Yeah I read that. What's the definition of terrorism again - to instill fear, panic and mistrust in the government for political purposes, or to further a cause? Must have gotten lost in translation.

A kid blowing up your mailbox with an M80 is criminal mischief. This is Muslim separatists or the UDD (Red Shirts) making a statement.
Yeah, not spectacular enough for Jemaah Islamiah, IS, or AQ. Thailand is more of an RR center for them.

I'm trying to get a photo of what appears to be a fragment of the Bangla Road device. Will post when I get it.
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I've also heard there was another bomb in Trang. This city is the furthest south of the all the other locations mentioned (roughly between Krabi and Songkla), and closer to the conflict zone, and the only one not a resort town full of foreigners.
Here ya go DM, this story has the four locations in Thailand and how they unfolded ...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ocial-facebook

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Multiple explosions in Thailand after bombing in Phuket with reports of at least seven attacks across the country as westerners flee resorts in terror

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT BELOW
At least four people have been killed and dozens injured in a wave of co-ordinated blasts in Thailand
First two explosions hit busy street in tourist resort of Hua Hin overnight, killing at least one person
The town, which is close to Bangkok, was reportedly struck again by multiple blasts on Friday morning
Two blasts ripped through Patong on the island of Phuket, a destination popular with foreign tourists
Twin explosions in southern city of Surat Thami have killed one person and injured at least three more
At least 10 foreign tourists have been injured in the strikes, which are not thought to be terror related
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Here ya go DM, this story has the four locations in Thailand and how they unfolded ...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ocial-facebook


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Yep, saw the Daily Mail pics earlier. Right now I'm tracking sources in Thailand, trying to weed through speculation. Starting to see some surveilance camera pics of possible suspects.
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It's looking like local dissidents aka the UDD https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unit...t_Dictatorship that may be behind this.

Sounds like they are rounding up the usual suspects.

May have wished to cause 'chaos' but people died and everyone fled.
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