PATTANI, Thailand – Suspected Muslim insurgents detonated a car bomb and raked a karaoke restaurant with gunfire in Thailand's restive south, wounding at least 17 people in back-to-back attacks in the volatile region, police said Sunday.
Both attacks took place late Saturday night in Narathiwat, one of three Muslim-majority provinces in the predominantly Buddhist country.
Two female workers were wounded in the restaurant shooting, police Capt. Suchart Meelampong said. Half an hour later, a car bomb went off about 100 yards (meters) away, as the provincial governor and police were investigating the first attack. Fifteen people, including three boys and one girl, were injured in the blast and rushed to a hospital, Suchart said.
The car bomb destroyed four shops as well as a dozen motorcycles and trucks, he said.
It was the second blast in a week in southern Thailand. On Feb. 13, a car bomb exploded in neighboring Yala province, wounding 18 people and setting several large commercial buildings ablaze.
More than 4,300 people have been killed in the insurgency since January 2004.