A series of explosions struck four localities across Yala province on Tuesday, August 20, wounding seven people and causing minor infrastructural damage. The first bomb detonated in the evening at 19:10 (local time) at a roadside power pole, causing a blackout in the Yaha district. At 19:20, near simultaneous explosions took place in Bannang Sata and Mueang Yala districts, damaging a telephone signal tower in the former. The fourth blast occurred at 20:15 at an ATM in the Than To district, wounding five people. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombings, though separatist insurgent groups are known to be active in the area.
An ongoing insurgency in Thailand's four southernmost provinces (Songkhla, Pattani, Narathiwat, and Yala) has killed thousands since it intensified in 2004. The insurgency has been ongoing in some parts of Thailand's southern provinces since the 1950s and, despite recent withdrawals of Thai security forces and slightly reduced rates of violence, it is unlikely that insurgent attacks will cease in the foreseeable future.
Individuals in Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, and Songkhla provinces are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, report all suspicious objects or behavior to the police, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities. Some governments advise against nonessential travel to these four provinces due to the underlying security threat.
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