Yala bombs caused B154m damage

Total damages from the bombs on Sunday and Monday in downtown Yala have been estimated at 154 million baht - 50 houses, 15 cars and three motorcycles were wrecked and one person killed with another 38 injured.

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The province has already paid out 8.6 million baht as preliminary financial assistance to those affected. Of the 50 houses, 16 of them were totally destroyed, a meeting to evaluate the damages concluded on Thursday.

A powerful car bomb and three other explosions rocked Yala on Sunday afternoon. Explosives planted inside a parked pickup truck ripped through the Racha furniture shop on Siroros Road, 200 metres away from the Coliseum intersection in a busy area of Yala city. 

The next morning, three explosions erupted almost simultaneously about 6.35am at two 7-Eleven convenience stores and a groceries warehouse called Sri Samai. The blast sites are located on Siroros and Siroros 1 roads.

The explosions damaged merchandise in the convenience stores and the warehouse, which caught fire and extensively damaged goods stored for distribution in the far South.

The three explosions were followed by a fourth at 7.05am in front of the provincial branch of the Office of the Non-Formal and Informal Education, also in Muang Yala district. No one was injured in the second-day of attacks.

The municipality is clearing the debris from the bombed sites, but said it could take up to two weeks to clean up all the areas.

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