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The Nation October 27, 2011 4:02 am

Authorities are still combing through various pockets in the city of Yala on Thursday following a spate of bombing incident that rocked this southernmost provinces just two days earlier.

According to memos circulating by security and intelligence agencies, the seventh anniversary of the Tak Bai massacre was greeted with a total of 37 violent and potential violent incidents in the three southernmost provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and the Malay-speaking region of Songkhla, according to official reports.

Out of the 37 incidents, 29 was in the city of Yala alone. Of the 29 incidents in Yala, 24 were bombings. Authorities were able to defused four bombs. A police outpost on the outskirts of the town was hit by two M79 grenades fired by suspected insurgents.

There were two civilian death, while two suspected insurgents were killed by a bomb they were transporting through Yala’s Old Market. Authorities believe they were heading to the other side where most of the bombs had been placed.

Eyewitnesses said the explosive ripped through their motorbikes and bodies of the two suspected militants beyond recognition, tossing their bombs as far as 30 metres away from the scene where the bomb went off.

The seventh Tak Bai anniversary came on Tuesday. The incident took place in Narathiwat at at the border district which the massacre was named after. It ended in the lives of 86 unarmed Malay-Muslim demonstrators who were calling for the release of five people who they believed had been wrongly arrested by the police.

Eight were shot dead at the scene of the protest while the rest died from suffocation after authorities stacked them one on top another on the back of military transport trucks.

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