REMOTE DETONATION: Explosive device was placed in a truck, no Malaysians hurt
SUNGAI GOLOK: EIGHT people were injured when a car bomb exploded in Sungai Golok, southern Thailand, as Thai Muslims started their first day of fasting.
However, no Malaysians were hurt in the explosion which went off at 7.15am Malaysian time.
Four of the locals injured were from one family and were rushed to Sungai Golok Hospital. They were between the ages of 31 and 74.
It was believed that the 50kg bomb was detonated by remote control near Hotel Inter here.
Sungai Golok police chief Colonel Maitry Chimched said the explosion, which occurred in Charoekeat road at the centre of town, damaged a computer shop and several nearby buildings.
"It is believed that the bomb was placed by separatists in a pick-up truck and activated by remote control," he said.
"The pick-up truck was parked there several minutes before a police patrol car passed by the area. It is believed that they were targeting the police."
Maitry said four employees of the computer shop climbed to the roof of the building to escape a fire which was sparked by the explosion.
He added that four cars and several motorcycles parked near the scene were also destroyed.
He said police were trying to identify the suspects with the help of the closed-circuit television cameras in the area.