Train Service Disruptions Likely as Suspected Insurgents Bomb Railway Bridges in Narathiwat Province
Severity: 3 (Moderate)
Source: Drum Cussac
05/14/2014 (Thailand) – Train service disruptions are likely after suspected Thai Muslim separatists bombed two railway bridges in southern Narathiwat province on Wednesday, 13 May. The bombs targeted railway bridges in Ban Bukeh village in Bukit sub-district of Cho Airong district in Ban Huru Pareh village in Tanyongmas sub-district of Rangae district at around 0400hrs (2100 UTC Tuesday). There were no confirmed reports of casualties. However, more than 1,500 commuters have reportedly been stranded since north-bound train services departing from the border town of Sungai Kolok were cancelled following the explosions. At present, all south-bound trains could only reach Tanyongmas station in Narathiwat.
Thai security officials said that the blasts were caused by explosives packed inside cooking gas cylinders and remotely detonated by radio signals According to the State Railway of Thailand, the explosions severed rail tracks at both bridges and that it would take at least three days to repair the damages.
Insurgent attacks usually target government and security personnel, although soft targets and civilians have also either been directly or indirectly targeted. Clients and travellers in the southern provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala and Songkhla are advised to maintain good situational awareness and vigilance. Any suspicious persons, articles, or activities should be immediately reported to the authorities. Those using the railway line are advised to formulate alternative travel plans to minimise disruption to itinerary due to the repairs.
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