Series of Attacks in Thailand Target Tourist Hot Spots
Photo: Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand (Photo courtesy of Thinkstock)
On Thursday and Friday, a series of terrorist attacks on popular resort cities and beach towns in Thailand killed at least four people and wounded dozens more, including 11 foreigners.
According to The Associated Press, there were at least five separate attacks which took place south of Bangkok. One of the explosions happened at Patong beach in Phuket, and four blasts took place in the resort city of Hua Hin.
Investigators believe the attacks were designed to strike Thailand’s tourism industry.
The attackers reportedly used firebombs and homemade explosives to create havoc in popular tourist areas, which caused fires at local markets and shops in multiple locations. Towns impacted by the attacks included Phuket, Trang, Surat Thani, Phang Nga and Krabi.
Of the 11 foreigners injured in the attacks, police are reporting that four were tourists from Germany, four were from the Netherlands, two were from Italy and one was from Austria.
It was not immediately clear who was behind the attacks in Thailand, but in response to the attacks, the United States government and several other nations have issued travel warnings for those visiting Thailand.
Thailand’s tourism industry is a major source of income for the economy, with 30 million travelers visiting the country in 2015 and another 14 million tourists arriving in the nation in 2016 thus far.
“It is not yet clear who is behind these attacks,” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in a statement. “But one thing is clear: no political aim justifies violence and attacks on innocent people.”
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