By Octavio Abea
Three car bombs killed 14 people and injured 340 others Saturday in southern Thailand, which targeted shoppers and tourists in commercial zones, police said.
Col. Kritsada Kaewchandeehe, the district police chief, said the first blast happened in the commercial hub of Yala City and came from a pickup truck, while the second blast happened after witnesses gathered at the wreckage killing 11 people and injuring 110, the Associated Press reports.
The third car bomb exploded near a hotel in Hat Yai City triggering a fire and killing at least three people, National police chief Priewpan Damapong said Sunday, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Officials blame the attacks on Muslim rebels, which have flared after the killings of innocent people by the Thai army and release of a video of a soldier having sex with a teenage Muslim woman, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Most of the attacks by the Muslim rebels have targeted soldiers and other symbols of authority by using small-scale bombings and drive-by shootings, but it is only recently that the suspected rebels have targeted civilians, the Associated Press reports.