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Freight train in Narathiwat province targeted by bomb, no one injured


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At 12:25 PM this afternoon, a bomb exploded as a train carrying agricultural products approached a railway station in this province this Saturday afternoon. Shots were fired at one carriage, but no one was injured. The train was badly damaged in the attack.

The attack took place when freight train No. 986 on the Sungai Kolok-Bangkok route was about a kilometre from Tanyongmas station in Rangae district, Thai media reported.

The freight train had departed Sungai Kolok on Saturday to transport fruits, agricultural products and parcels from the Deep South to Bangkok as part of measures to alleviate the hardships of people affected by travel restrictions and Covid-19 control measures.

Shortly after the bomb went off near Tanyongmas station, shots were fired at the fifth carriage, which was carrying personnel from the State Railway of Thailand (SRT). Fortunately, they all escaped unharmed.

The attack, believed to be the work of southern insurgents, prompted the SRT to suspend its special cargo service indefinitely.

The service, designed to help farmers and others during the harvest season, began on Thursday and would last until October.

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