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3 Killed, Dozens Injured In Thailand Bomb Attack

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At least three people have been killed and 55 injured in a spate of bombing attacks in crisis-wracked Thailand’s deep south, where an Islamic insurgency has raged for a decade, the military and Thai media reports say.

Attacks were reported in Pattani, Yala, and Narathiwat provinces, according to the reports, which also said gunfire was heard in at least one area.

Southern region military spokesman Colonel Piamote Prom-In told Thai television the attacks broke out in several places on Saturday evening.

“The explosions occurred in busy areas as people were shopping ahead of curfew,” he said, referring to a night-time curfew imposed since Thursday, when the kingdom’s army chief seized power in Thailand, deposing the civilian government.

“Explosions killed three and injured 55 people. Of those, five people were seriously injured.”

The Bangkok Post said at least 13 attacks erupted in Pattani province at about the same time, suggesting a coordinated offensive, at “three 7-Eleven outlets, the office of the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA), an electricity facility and a petrol station in Muang district.”

Suspicion is likely to fall on Islamic insurgents in the Muslim-majority region, which borders on predominantly Muslim Malaysia.

The conflict pits shadowy insurgents in the Muslim Malay area against the security forces of mostly Buddhist Thailand.

But for the most part, it has been civilians caught in the crossfire of the regular bombings, shootings and sometimes beheadings.

The conflict has claimed more than 6000 lives, mostly civilians.

Thailand annexed the deep south more than a century ago.

The rebels want a level of autonomy, accusing Thai authorities of riding roughshod over their Malay culture and carrying out human rights abuses.

Observers say there has been an uptick in the violence in recent months following the suspension of peace talks between some rebel factions and Thai authorities.

The talks floundered as political turmoil in Bangkok engulfed the government of recently ousted premier Yingluck Shinawatra. [AFP]

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

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On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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