Pattani bombing injures 3

Three people, including a three-year-old boy, were injured when a 30-kilogram bomb hidden in a motorcycle went off in front of Mayor Hospital in the southern border province of Pattani on Sunday morning, police said.

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Pol Col Kong-ath Suwankham, the Mayor district police chief, said a hospital employee phoned the police after he saw a suspicious man parking a motorbike with a side car outside the hospital. The man, who wore a helmet and a black shirt, then rushed to another motorbike and fled.

According to the witness, he heard a loud explosion just under 10 minutes after he made the phone call. 

The blast wounded a 25-year-old woman and her son. The two were on a motorbike passing through the area. A hospital staff member, aged 29, was also injured in the attack. The three were now safe.

A bomb disposal team found a damaged motorbike and pieces of a gas tank scattered around the area. 

Pol Col Kong-ath said police were able to identify at least five suspects involved in the motorcycle bombing. So far, four of them had been arrested and taken to a military regiment for further questioning.

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