As security forces in the deep South are on heightened alert for today's 12th anniversary of the Tak Bai military crackdown in 2004, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) police this morning continued to search the badly damaged noodle shop in Pattani town for evidence to hunt down the perpetrators responsible for the blast last night.
The bomb blast at the crowded night market killed 2 woman and injured 20 others.
Investigation revealed that two men came into the noodle shop and ordered food.
As the shop was quite full with customers, the two men quietly left a bag containing a five-kilo home made bomb in the shop and quickly walked out.
A few minutes later the bomb exploded.
EOD said the bomb was detonated by mobile phone call .
The bomb killed Mrs Somporn Kuntakapun and Miss Narisara MakChuchit, A Mattayom 6 student, and injured 20 others.
Shortly after the blast, the scene was sealed off as security officials feared more bombs might be
The blast also damaged 10 other adjacent shop houses in the night market on Phipit road.
The bomb attack at this night market last night was the second bomb attack since 2007 when one person died and a dozen injured.
Today all security forces are on heightened alert for fear that southern militants would create violence to mark the 12th anniversary of the 2004 military crackdown that left 85 protesters dead in Tak Bai district of Narathiwat.
Hundreds of local Thai Muslim people protested against the detention of six men, suspected of involvement with armed southern insurgents.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)