Saturday, July 2, 2011
Talk about a "tough day at work" - Car Bomb detonates while Thailand EOD squad member works to disarm the device
Talk about a " tough day at work " - The member of the bomb squad was injured. No other info is available on how he is after the car bomb blew up before it could be deactivated.
Ka-boom! Car blown sky high as bomb disposal officer investigates
By UK Daily Mail Reporter
1st July 2011
This incredible sequence of pictures captures the moment a car bomb exploded this morning in Thailand’s southern province of Narathiwat.
The images show a member of a Thai bomb squad standing to the left of the car as it is blown apart in the blast.
The man was hurt in the blast although the extent of his injuries is unknown.
A member of the Thai bomb squad (left) approaches a vehicle just as an explosion is detonated in the southern province of Narathiwat this morning
The blast shreds the body of the vehicle, injuring the bomb squad member
The bomb is believed to have been planted by separatist militants behind the uprising by the Malaysian border, in the south of the country.
More than 4,500 people, both Muslims and Buddhists, have died in almost daily attacks since the uprising began in 2004.
Critics accuse the government of failing to address the grievances of Thailand’s Malay Muslim minority, including alleged abuses by the military and a perceived lack of respect for their ethnic identity, language and religion.
Last week a triple bombing killed two villagers and wounded nine others – four of which were police who had rushed to the scene of the explosion to help victims.
The devices had been buried at three different locations around a reservoir in Narathiwat province.
Narathiwat and neighbouring Yala and Pattani have seen a shift in the scale and sophistication of insurgent attacks in the past few months, with Muslim and Buddhist villagers, soldiers, police and school teachers among the victims of coordinated bombings and ambushes.
More than 4,500 people, both Muslims and Buddhists, have died in almost daily attacks since the uprising began in 2004
Ethnic Malay Muslims represent the majority of the population in these southernmost provinces of predominantly Buddhist Thailand.
The government and military have sought to curtail the unrest with development projects and public relations campaigns to try to discourage support for the shadowy rebels but the measures have largely failed.
Thailand's opposition party Puea Thai, which leads the ruling Democrat Party in most opinion polls ahead of a July 3 general election, has pledged, if elected, to turn the region into a special administrative region, which it believes could help to reduce the violence.
Critics accuse the government of failing to address the grievances of Thailand¿s Malay Muslim minority