Cargo train damaged in bomb explosion in Narathiwat
No one was injured in a bomb and gunshot attack on a passenger train used to transport agricultural products to Bangkok
Investigators are inspecting damage to a car on a train carrying fruit and agricultural produce from the south to Bangkok following a bomb attack in Narathiwat on Saturday afternoon. No one was hurt. (Photo: Thailand State Railways Union Facebook page @thaisrut)
A bomb exploded as a train carrying agricultural products approached a station in Narathiwat early Saturday afternoon. Shots were fired at a car, but no one was injured. The train was damaged.
The attack occurred at 12:25 p.m. when train No. 986 on the Sungai Kolok-Bangkok route was about one kilometer from Tan Yong Mat station in Rangae district, Thai media reported.
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) was alerted around 12:40 p.m. that an unknown number of assailants had planted a homemade bomb on the tracks between Ban Pha Pai and Tan Yong Mat stations, said Ekkarat Sri-arayayangpong, director of SRT public relations. center.
Shortly after the bomb exploded, shots were fired at the fifth car of the train, where SRT personnel were seated. Fortunately, all of them escaped unscathed. The SRT is awaiting further information from investigators, Ekkarat said.
The converted passenger train had left Sungai Kolok on Saturday to transport fruits, agricultural products and parcels from the deep south to Bangkok as part of measures to alleviate hardship for those affected by travel restrictions and control measures. Covid-19.
The special freight service, intended to help farmers and others during the harvest season, began Thursday and is expected to operate until October 1.
Mr Ekkarat said the service would continue, but the operations of trains 985 and 986 would be transferred to the Bangkok-Yala-Bangkok route from Bangkok-Sungai Kolok-Bangkok.
The SRT workers’ union condemned the train attack, saying it not only damaged a train, but would inflict more economic injuries on local residents and farmers.
In a statement issued by its Hat Yai branch, the union called on security agencies to tighten security measures on trains and railroad tracks to improve trust between people and train staff.
In a related development, a local leader was seriously injured in a bomb attack near a mosque in Muang district of Yala on Saturday.
The bomb exploded at 10:42 a.m. when a van arrived at the entrance to Tambon Sateng Mosque, police said.
The driver, later identified as Maeyae Saeloh, 59, a kamnan of tambon Samakki in the Ruesord district of Narathiwat, was seriously injured. He was rushed to Yala hospital.
A van burns after a bomb exploded at the entrance to a mosque in Muang district in Yala on Saturday. The driver, a local leader from Narathiwat, was seriously injured. (Photo: Abdallah Benjakat)
A bullet hole is seen in the wagon of a train carrying agricultural products from the South to Bangkok following an attack in Narathiwat on Saturday. (Photo: Facebook page @thaisrut)