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Thai military government links car bomb on holiday island to political turmoil

  • In this Friday, April 10, 2015 photo, Thai officers examine the wreckage of a pickup truck after an explosion at Samui Island in Surat Thani province, Thailand. The improvised bomb on Samui late Friday was hidden in the pickup truck and went off after a fashion show in the basement parking area of the Central Festival mall, the island's disaster prevention and mitigation chief Poonsak Sophonpathumrak told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Daily News) THAILAND OUT

    In this Friday, April 10, 2015 photo, Thai officers examine the wreckage of a pickup truck after an explosion at Samui Island in Surat Thani province, Thailand. The improvised bomb on Samui late Friday was hidden in the pickup truck and went off after a fashion show in the basement parking area of the Central Festival mall, the island's disaster prevention and mitigation chief Poonsak Sophonpathumrak told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Daily News) THAILAND OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • A security guard stands outside the closed Central Festival mall on Samui Island in Surat Thani province, Thailand, Saturday, April 11, 2015. An improvised bomb exploded on Samui late Friday that was hidden in a pickup truck and went off after a fashion show in the basement parking area of the Central Festival mall, the island's disaster prevention and mitigation chief Poonsak Sophonpathumrak told The Associated Press.  (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

    A security guard stands outside the closed Central Festival mall on Samui Island in Surat Thani province, Thailand, Saturday, April 11, 2015. An improvised bomb exploded on Samui late Friday that was hidden in a pickup truck and went off after a fashion show in the basement parking area of the Central Festival mall, the island's disaster prevention and mitigation chief Poonsak Sophonpathumrak told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)  (The Associated Press)

  • A security guard stands outside the closed Central Festival mall on Samui Island in Surat Thani province, Thailand, Saturday, April 11, 2015. An improvised bomb exploded on Samui late Friday that was hidden in a pickup truck and went off after a fashion show in the basement parking area of the Central Festival mall, the island's disaster prevention and mitigation chief Poonsak Sophonpathumrak told The Associated Press.  (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

    A security guard stands outside the closed Central Festival mall on Samui Island in Surat Thani province, Thailand, Saturday, April 11, 2015. An improvised bomb exploded on Samui late Friday that was hidden in a pickup truck and went off after a fashion show in the basement parking area of the Central Festival mall, the island's disaster prevention and mitigation chief Poonsak Sophonpathumrak told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)  (The Associated Press)

Thailand's military government says a car bomb explosion on the popular holiday island of Samui that injured seven people could be the work of the junta's opponents.

According to government spokesman said Maj. Gen. Sansern Kaewkamnerd, initial reports indicate the attack was carried out by the same group behind recent blasts in Bangkok, which caused no fatalities.

He did not elaborate, but the leader of the junta that took power in a coup last May has blamed the Bangkok blasts on groups opposed to the military takeover.

The improvised bomb late Friday was hidden in a pickup truck and went off in the basement parking area of the Central Festival mall.

Authorities believe the vehicle was stolen from one of the three southernmost Thai provinces plagued by Islamic insurgency.