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Woman killed and 19 injured after two bombs explode in Thailand

The explosions took place 30 minutes apart near bars in the nightlife district of a popular beach town.

File photo of Hua Hin railway station
File photo of Hua Hin railway station
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TWIN BLASTS IN Thailand have killed one woman and injured 19 people in the popular seaside resort town of Hua Hin, police have said.

The two explosions took place 30 minutes apart near bars in the nightlife district of the popular beach town shortly after 10pm (3pm Irish time).

“One Thai woman was killed and, altogether from the two bombs, 19 people were injured. Of those 19, three are in serious condition and seven of the injured are foreigners — four women and three men,” a local police officer said.

The two blasts were 50 metres (164 feet) apart, he added.

A second officer confirmed the bombings and said police are still investigating a motive and the type of explosives used.

It is common for small blasts to rock Thailand during times of heightened political tension, but there have been few such incidents in the past year and it is rare for tourist sites to be targeted.

Hua Hin, a high-end resort town south of Bangkok, is a popular destination for both local and foreign tourists.

The incident comes ahead of a long weekend in the kingdom, with Thais set to celebrate Queen Sirikit’s birthday tomorrow.

The blasts also come only days before the one year anniversary of the last major bombing in Thailand, an attack in the capital that killed 20 people on 17 August, mostly foreign tourists.

The explosive was planted in a popular Hindu shrine in the capital and was the deadliest assault of its kind in recent history.

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