Songkhla Bombings

Posted at 21:07, April 3, 2005 - Reports of bombings in Songkhla...

Posted at 21:18
, April 3, 2005 - Thai-language TV is reporting that bombs were detonated at Carrefour and Hat Yai airport. This is a serious escalation of the violence in the deep south outside of the three southern provinces. (Thanks to Asiper and Stephen for their early tip-offs to this news.)

Posted at 21:38, April 3, 2005 - Asiper reports: A bomb in the center of Had Yai at 8:40pm. The first is in front of Carrefour--18 person were injured and 2 died and after that at Had Yai Airport--lots of people were injured (from Manager Online). Channel 9 reports that there was also a bomb at Green World Hotel and that one died and ten were injured at Hat Yai Airport.

Posted at 21:51, April 3, 2005 - Asiper reports: Channel 9 states that no one was injured at Green World Hotel. All three bombs were remote control bombs. The guard at the Green World Hotel can remember two persons on motorcycle and they put a suitcase in front of Green World and later it exploded. Police are questioning the guard.

Posted at 22:03, April 3, 2005 - Asiper reports: Nation Channel reports at Hat Yai Airport 1 died and 15 were injured. At Carrefour no one died, 9 were injured--3 seriously.

Posted at 22:05, April 3, 2005 - Asiper reports: Nation Channel says at 9:30 police warn and are checking at the airport. They suspect that there may be a bomb on the second floor of the car park.

Posted at 22:07, April 3, 2005 - Asiper reports: Had Yai intelligence unit said the during the upcoming Songkarn they may find a car bomb again (from The Nation channel).

Posted at 22:10, April 3, 2005 - For reference: From the Thai-language press: 80-day plan to form Pattani state - Betong to be new capital city - Manager Online, February 20, 2005

Posted at 22:13, April 3, 2005 - Asiper reports: Channel 9 reports that Suriya Juengrungroengkit , Transport Minister, will go to Had Yai tomorrow morning at 7am.

Posted at 22:14, April 3, 2005 - editor Ron Morris notes: With the recent moves the government has made to unite with the opposition and stop drastic hard-line measures, the separatist forces in the South might feel compelled to act forcefully to regain momentum.

Posted at 22:18, April 3, 2005 - Asiper reports: Channel 9 says that police have checkpoints around the city.

Posted at 22:20, April 3, 2005 - Asiper reports: From Channel 7: Te injured were sent to Songkhlanakarin Hospital, Krungtep Hadyai Hospital, and Ratyindee Hospital.

Posted at 22:26, April 3, 2005 - Asiper reports: Pravit Wongsuwan, army commander, asks people to help watch for terrorists. The PM will have a meeting tomorrow about this situation.

Posted at 22:28, April 3, 2005 - Asiper reports: One of injured gives interview that it is lucky that an airplane was not parked nearby. The bomb only hurt the passengers who were sitting at the airport. At Carrefour, the bomb was in a garbage bin in front of the main entryway (from Channel 7).

Posted at 22:31, April 3, 2005 - Asiper reports: All Hat Yai Airport flights are canceled (from Channel 7).

Posted at 22:32, April 3, 2005 - Asiper reports: The Deputy Commander Chief of Region 4 said there may around 30 injured at the airport (from Channel 7).

Posted at 22:34, April 3, 2005 - Asiper reports: Police are checking a suspicious suitcase on the second floor and also in the car park at the airport (from Channel 7).

Posted at 22:37, April 3, 2005 - Still no word of this event on The Nation website.

Posted at 22:39, April 3, 2005 - From TNA: Three bomb blasts in Hat Yai kill two

Posted at 22:41, April 3, 2005 - Asiper reports: Channels 7 and 9 are reporting that at the Hat Yai Big C, a suspicious material was found. It is being checked by the police.

Posted at 22:43, April 3, 2005 - From the AP: Bombs in southern Thailand airport, department store kill at least two, hurt 15
...Witnesses said the explosion at the airport took place near the check-in counters and that all flights leaving the airport were immediately canceled. However, an airport official later said that departures were continuing...

AP and various sources are stating that the hotel is 'Dream World Hotel.' As far as can ascertain, the hotel is actually 'Green World Hotel.'

Posted at 22:47, April 3, 2005 - Asiper reports: Deputy Minister of the Interior, Sermsak Pongpanich, said the terrorists have pressure in the three provinces in the South (Yala, Nara, and Pattani) where they were strickly checked, so they expanded to another province. He said the terrorists are audacious because Had Yai is a commercial town and has lots of people (from Nation Channel ITV).

Posted at 22:47, April 3, 2005 - Asiper reports: The Deputy Songkhla Governor has just said that the two suspicious materials found at the Hat Yai Airport were not bombs.

Posted at 23:11, April 3, 2005 - Asiper reports: Channel 11 is reporting one foreigner died in the blast at the Hat Yai Airport. NOTE: No other news source has reported a foreigner dying so far.

Posted at 23:13, April 3, 2005 - Asiper reports: For urgent info people can call 1341. To check the list of people who died and were injure they can call the Narenthorn Center at 1669.

Posted at 23:17, April 3, 2005 - Asiper reports: From Channel 11: Some of the injured have their entrails ripped open or their arms or legs torn off.

Posted at 23:19, April 3, 2005 - Asiper reports: On Channel 11 the Tourism Police are reporting two foreigners--they are checking if they are French or American--were injured. Foreigners can get information by calling 1155.

Posted at 23:22, April 3, 2005 - Several sources in the South and Deep South have informed that mobile phone signals in the South have been turned off to prevent further remote control bombs from being detonated.

Posted at 23:25, April 3, 2005 - Asiper reports: The Nation Channel is saying that the Deputy Chief of Public health says 52 are injured. Hospitals in Songkhla have enough equipment and blood on hand to deal with the situation. A child who was ripped open was operated on urgently.

Posted at 23:37, April 3, 2005- ITV is showing photos sent from mobile phones from the Hat Yai Airport and Carrefour. We have screen captures of these photos and will post in a few minutes...
Posted at 23:41, April 3, 2005 - First photos of the bombings

ITV showed the first photos of the Hat Yai bombings taken by mobile phones with cameras (left and right).

Posted at 23:48, April 3, 2005 - All the Thai-language channels have returned to their regular programming.

Posted at 23:56, April 3, 2005 - Asiper reports: The Nation Channel is quoting Boonchoi Kongsri, president of the Teachers' Association, who says that the situation in Songkhla is not safe and the mistaken government policy made the situation more serious.

Posted at 00:06, April 4, 2005 - The Nation is posting its first photos and news about the incident on its website.

Posted at 00:36, April 4, 2005 - Asiper reports: From The Nation Channel: a Deputy Chief of Public health has just said that there are there are 2 dead and 66 injured. At Had Yai Hospital, 25 persons (1 American, 2 Brunei), at Songkhlanakarin Hospital, 12 persons (1 French), at Krungtep Hadyai Hospital 8 persons, at Sikarin 7 persons, and at Ratyindee 6 persons.

Posted at 00:45, April 4, 2005 - TERROR IN HAT YAI: Blasts hit airport, hotel and Carrefour, The Nation

Posted at 00:48, April 4, 2005 - Asiper reports: The head of police in Songkhla says police have clues and a sketch of the terrorist, but are keeping the info secret now. The Deputy Governor of Songkhla says one of the dead is Mr. Nattapon Jaroensin, 39-years-old and a Had Yai resident. He went to pick up his wife at the airport. His son was seriously injured also (from The Nation channel).

Posted at 00:53, April 4, 2005 - Asiper reports: The Songkhla Governor said most of the serious injuries were from the Had Yai Airport because the bomb was inside the terminal (from The Nation channel).

Posted at 00:58, April 4, 2005 - Asiper reports: Before the accident, the Songkhla Governor was recovering in the hospital in Had Yai. When he heard about the situation, he took off the saline drip and went to visit the injured at many hospitals.

Posted at 01:01, April 4, 2005 - All the Thai-language channels are returning to regular broadcasting...

Posted at 09:19, April 4, 2005 - Update: Despite what the wire services are still reporting, the name of the hotel where one of the bombs was planted is Green World Palace Hotel in Songkhla, also known as GW Hotel (not 'Dream World Hotel near Hat Yai'). This error could be persisting because TNA is also reporting it wrongly. The Nation has the name right as does the Post. The hotel can been seen in the third photo down on this page.

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