Bomb blast in the South of Thailand



"One Thai person was killed and 30 wounded when two bombs exploded
late on Tuesday near a hotel in the southern Thai beach town of
Pattani, police said, less than two weeks after a series of blasts hit
the south."

"Since 2004 a low intensity but brutal war between government troops
and insurgents has killed more than 6500 people in the southern
provinces of Ayala, Pattani and Narathiwat that border Malaysia."

"The three provinces soundly rejected a referendum earlier this month
on the new military-backed constitution, which passed convincingly in
most of the rest of the country."

The World YMCA has more than 100 Change Agents and leaders presently
going through a leadership event in Chiang Mai YMCA in the far north
of Thailand. This part of Thailand is far away from the relevant areas
of tension in the south, and there are no indications whatsoever that
there is any raised risk level in this part of the country.

We are keeping in close contact with the authorities and will keep you
all informed.

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