Bomb injures 30 outside Thailand bar

SUNGAI KOLOK, Thailand, March 27 (UPI) -- A bomb blast Saturday evening outside a bar in southern Thailand near the Malaysian border injured about 30 people, the BBC reported.

Most of the injured in the town of Sungai Kolok are reported to be Thais and Malaysian tourists.


Police said the motorcycle bomb exploded around 7:30 p.m. (7:30 a.m. EST) outside a karaoke bar popular with Malaysian tourists. No group has admitted planting the bomb on the motorbike parked outside the bar.

The bar is located in an area under martial law since an armed raid on an army depot in January led to violence, with 50 people dead in its wake.

The BBC said Thailand's National Intelligence Agency chief Lt. Gen Chumpol Manmai had warned of a possible attack after several people were arrested this week for being behind the January raid which killed four soldiers.

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