Malaysian killed in Thai hotel blast


CAR BOMB: Seven others killed and more than 300 injured following explosion at Hat Yai hotel

 (Video of scenes after the bombing in Hat Yai, Thailand. Uploaded by jinggle100 to YouTube on March 30 2012.)

A MALAYSIAN was killed and 10 other Malaysians were among    more than 300 injured following a car bomb explosion at a hotel in Hat Yai, Thailand, yesterday.

  Low Thian Hock, 46, of Taman Seri Petaling in Kulim, Kedah, died in the blast, which   occurred at Lee Garden Plaza Hotel, a popular lodging among Malaysian tourists.    

 The car was parked in the hotel’s parking area.   At least eight people were killed in the 1pm (local time) blast.

  AFP reported that 336 were injured, of whom 28 were hospitalised, quoting Songkhla provincial governor Grisada Boorach.   

  Most of those injured were largely in the hotel’s large shopping arcade. They suffered from smoke inhalation.

  Malaysia’s ambassador to Thailand Datuk Nazirah Hussin  told the New Sunday Times that the injured Malaysians were now seeking medical treatment.

  “We are still trying to get information on their condition.”

  Malaysia’s consul-general to Songkhla, Mohd Aini Atan,  said the consulate was visiting all hospitals in Hat Yai and would give an updated list of injured Malaysians.

  “We hope the list will be ready by midnight or tomorrow morning (today).

  “The Hat Yai mayor has confirmed that the explosion at the hotel was caused by bombs placed in a car within the hotel,” he said in a SMS message sent to NST yesterday.

  Meanwhile,  three bombs  were believed to have gone off in the Yala province  about 9.30am (local time), killing nine people and injuring more than 40.

  Thai authorities believed the bombs were placed in three vehicles — two motorcycles and a car.

  Southern Thailand has been the epicentre of many attacks in recent years triggered by political unrest in the Muslim-majority deep south where a seven-year rebellion has left thousands dead.

  About 4,800 people have been killed since early 2004, according to Deep South Watch,  an independent research group that monitors the conflict in three southern provinces near the Malaysian border.

  Such bombings are a common tactic of  separatists who have been waging an insurgency in Thailand’s three southernmost provinces since early 2004.

Thai security personnel investigating the site of a bomb attack in Yala province yesterday. Three bombs went off in its business area around lunchtime. Reuters pic

Thai firemen fighting the blaze at the Lee Garden Plaza Hotel in downtown Hat Yai yesterday. AFP pic

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