URGENT: Bombs claim victims in Thailand Seaside Resort of Hua Hin

Two bombs exploded in the Thai seaside resort of Hua Hin on Thursday, killing one woman and injuring 19 people, Thai police said.

The explosions happened ahead of a public holiday this week end to mark the birthday of Queen Sirikit. Hua Hin is a popular upscale Thai resort south of Bangkok and many people will have gone there for the holiday weekend.

The second bomb exploded near a bar at about 10:20 p.m. (1320 GMT), killing a Thai woman and injuring eight foreigners and one other Thai person, local deputy police chief Samer Yousamran said. The injured are being treated at a local hospital, he said.

The first bomb went off about twenty minutes earlier about 50 meters (yards) away from the second bomb, he said. Nobody was injured in the first explosion.

Police are investigating and as yet do not know the motive or the identity of the bombers, he said. The Hua Hin attack comes just days before the one-year anniversary of the Aug 17 bombing of the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok that killed 20 people, most of them tourists.

In a separate incident earlier on Thursday, a bomb exploded at a market in the southern Trang province in Thailand, injuring six people, police said. Police believes that explosion there was related to a local dispute.

Hua Hin remains a popular seaside destination especially as it has been a retreat for the Thai Royal Family for decades. Thailand’s 88 year-old King Bhumibol Adulayadej, the world’s longest reigning monarch, and his wife Sirikit have resided in recent years in Hua Hin at the Klai Kangwon Palace , which translates as “Far from Worries Palace”. In 2015, Hua Hin welcomed 3.04 million visitors, of which 821,885 were foreigners. The seaside resort welcomed a grand total of 4.83 million travellers, including excursionists.It is a popular destination for Bangkok upper-class.

(Source: Reuters)