At least 22 bombs explode in Thailand banks

At least 22 bombs exploded almost simultaneously today inside commercial banks in southern Thailand, killing two people and injuring 28 in a region bloodied by a Muslim insurgency.

At least 22 bombs exploded almost simultaneously today inside commercial banks in southern Thailand, killing two people and injuring 28 in a region bloodied by a Muslim insurgency.

The homemade bombs, which were triggered by mobile phone signals, were placed in rubbish bins, at newspaper stands and near seats where customers wait for service, said Maj. Gen. Paithoon Choochaiya, who heads the provincial force.

A review of closed-circuit video showed that some of the explosives were planted by women, police said.

The bombs were set off in 22 of Yala province’s 30 bank branches.

More than 1,500 people have been killed in the insurgency since early 2004, most of them in the Muslim-dominated provinces of Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani. The rebels are seeking to separate from a country where Buddhists form the vast majority.

Targets of the rebels have included government officials, school teachers, policemen, Buddhist monks and many Muslims suspected of collaboration with the government.

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