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Phu Thap Boek blast possibly linked to resort evictions

Bomb disposal experts search the scene of the explosion near Phu Thap Boek in Lom Kao district in Phetchabun which killed a pickup driver and injured two tourists on Sunday. (Photo by Soonthorn Kongwarakom)

PHETCHABUN: The explosion near Phu Thap Boek on Sunday could have been intended as a threat against the ongoing campaign to demolish illegally built resorts and restaurants on the scenic mountain, officials said.

Or it could have been old ammunition left over from fighting in the area exploding.

Provincial governor Pibul Hattakitkosol said on Monday authorities have not ruled out a connection between the blast and the crackdown on illegal housing built for tourists visiting the mountain in Lom Kao district.

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