July 11, 2015 / 12:47 PM / 3 years ago

Six killed and 11 injured in Thailand's violence-hit south

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Six people were killed and 11 injured in Thailand’s three southern provinces of Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla in a string of bomb and arson attacks by suspected separatist militants, the army said on Saturday.

Police and forensic experts inspect the site of a motorcycle bomb attack at Padang Besar district in the troubled southern province of Songkha, Thailand, July 11, 2015. REUTERS/Surapan Boonthanom

The violence was related to the holy month of Ramadan, said Colonel Pramote Prom-in, a regional security spokesman. Attacks often escalate during Ramadan.

More than 6,500 people, most of them civilians, have died in separatist violence in southern Thailand since 2004.

Three people were killed early on Saturday in separate incidents in three shops in Sungai Kolok in southern Narathiwat province, after three were killed and three injured late on Friday by a motorcycle bomb in the town of Padang Besar in Songkhla.

In a separate incident, eight were injured by a bomb in front of a hotel in Narathiwat’s Sungai Kolok.

Reporting by Surapan Boonthanom and Bangkok Bureau; Writing by Viparat Jantraprap; Editing by David Holmes

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