[Associated Press] Three bombs have exploded in southern Thailand, injuring more than two dozen people in what appears to be an attack by Islamic insurgents.
Police said a car bomb outside a hotel in Songkhla caused the most damage. Two other bombs concealed on motorcycles exploded outside two police stations.
More than 5,000 people have been killed in predominantly BuddhistThailand‘s three Muslim-dominated southernmost provinces since an Islamic insurgency erupted in 2004.
Meanwhile, in Bangkok, the head of the country’s anti-government protest movement vowed to hound caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra “until she is dead or until she leaves” office.
Addressing supporters after a day of rallies all over Bangkok involving more than 100,000 people, Suthep Thaugsuban issued a series of threats to try to achieve his goal of forcing Ms Yingluck to step down and make way for an interim government before a snap election called for February 2.
The main opposition Democrat Party has said it would boycott the polls.
Mr Suthep’s so-called People’s Democratic Reform Committee says forcing Ms Yingluck from office is necessary to purge corruption and money politics.
The protest movement, launched in October, has returned Thailand to a state of political instability, a condition from which it has suffered since 2006, when Ms Yingluck’s brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, was deposed as prime minister by a military coup.