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Government blames long-standing separatist movement for attack in restive South

Thailand issues warrants for supermarket bomb suspects

A Thai bomb squad inspects the site of a deadly bombing from the night before outside  a hotel, in the southern province of Pattani on Aug. 24, 2016. More recently on May 9, more than 60 people were injured by a car bomb outside a supermarket in the same province. (Photo by Tuwaedaniya Meringing/AFP)

Don Pathan, Pattani
Thailand

May 19, 2017

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Thai police have issued arrest warrants for 11 ethnic Malays from Thailand's conflict-affected southernmost provinces.

They are accused of being behind a recent bomb attack on a Big C supermarket, a major retail outlet that services the three provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat, where over 80 percent of residents are Muslims of Malay ethnicity. The bomb attack injured 61 people.

So far only one of the 11 has been arrested. Suhaimee Sama-ae was detained last week by the military under an emergency law that permits detention without charges.

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