Bangkok blast: Attack does not match tactics of insurgents in southern Thailand

Bangkok blast: Attack does not match tactics of insurgents in southern Thailand
Medical workers rush the victim of a blast at the Erawan shrine to a nearby hospital in central Bangkok on Aug 17, 2015.
PHOTO: Reuters

BANGKOK - A bomb blast that ripped through a busy intersection in central Bangkok, killing 19 people, "did not match" the tactics used by separatist rebels in Thailand's south, the country's army chief said on Tuesday (Aug 18).

"This does not match incidents in southern Thailand. The type of bomb used is also not in keeping with the south," Royal Thai Army chief and deputy defence minister General Udomdej Sitabutr said in a televised interview.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blast on Monday evening, which left scores wounded, and officials in Thailand have yet to lay blame on any group.

Thailand's three southernmost provinces are home to a long-running Muslim separatist insurgency. Since 2004, more than 6,500 people, most of them civilians, have been killed in violence in the region.

The violence has rarely spilled over beyond those provinces.

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