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One Killed by Bomb in Southern Thailand

A bomb killed one person and injured 13 in mainly Muslim southern Thailand on Thursday as rage grew over the death of 85 protesters detained by the army. Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra had earlier on Thursday called a meeting with senior security advisers after separatists in the south warned of revenge attacks. He vowed to address the public about the crisis on Friday after concluding an investigation. The bomb was placed in a plastic bag, thrown into a bar in the town of Sungai Kolok in Narathiwat province and triggered by a mobile phone, said defence ministry spokesman Major General Palangkoon Klaharn. An outlawed separatist group had vowed revenge for the death of the demonstrators earlier this week, which sparked condemnation at home and abroad. “They will pay for what they have done, their cities will burn,” said a statement posted on the website of the Pattani United Liberation Organisation. Six protesters were shot dead in the chaotic Monday demonstration outside Tak Bai police station in Narathiwat. Another 78 suffocated or were crushed to death after they were crammed into trucks for transport to an army base in neighbouring Pattani province. Another victim died of his injuries Wednesday. Thaksin has come under fire for excessive force by police and troops during and after the protest but he testily fended off suggestions that he would resign. “Nonsense, someone released a rumour,” he snapped when reporters asked if he would step down. “I still have a lot of work to do.” Islamic leaders said the south was extremely tense, with anger set to boil over in communities where victims died without explanation.Full Story

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