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Thai resort hit by twin blasts

huahin bomb attackTwo bombs have exploded in the Thai resort of Hua Hin, killing one woman and injuring at least 19 people including foreign tourists. Police said 19 people were wounded by the twin explosives, 20 minutes apart, on the eve of a long holiday weekend meant to celebrate the birthday of Her Majesty the Queen and Mother's Day.

Seven of the wounded are foreigners. Two of the foreigners were reported by hospital officials to be British, while the nationalities of five others were unknown.

According to Bangkok Post, the toll could have been much higher. Bomb shrapnel gathered as evidence indicated the explosives were designed to kill and cause casualties.

The Hua Hin attack comes just days before the one-year anniversary of the Aug 17 bombing of the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok that killed 20 people, most of them foreigners.

The area in central Hua Hin municipality is a popular night-life section of the town, especially for visitors, Thai and foreign alike. It is dotted with beer bars and shops that stay open late and attract holidaymakers.

Photo credit: Matichon

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