Insurgents Detonated Car Bomb Outside Police Station in Southern Thailand

Suspected insurgents detonated a car bomb outside a police station in Bannang Sata District, Yala Province, on June 30th. The bombing occurred at 10:30 a.m. local time outside a residential building where the Bannang Sata police station was located in Bannang Sata municipality.

Local police, Royal Thai Army paratroopers, and local officials went to the scene after the blast. Police officers found a woman’s body near the truck, and eight police officers and ten civilians were “slightly injured.”

Officiers closed off the scene and checked for additional bombs the insurgents had placed to ambush the responding officers.

Royal Thai Police (RTP) Lt. General Piyawat Chalemsri described the bomb as a 35-pound (16-kilogram) gas cylinder “packed with explosives and chopped steel rods.” The bomb was packed with two containers of oil. Police officers detained one individual in connection with the bombing.