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Police: Suspected car bomb blast injures 12 in Thailand

From Kocha Olarn, CNN
Thai firemen try to extinguish a fire at the site of the bomb blast in Yala.
Thai firemen try to extinguish a fire at the site of the bomb blast in Yala.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Police say the explosion caused a fire that burned down about 12 houses
  • Muslim separatists in southern Thailand have long battled government forces
  • The region has seen a spike in suspected insurgent attacks recently
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(CNN) -- At least 12 people were injured when a bomb exploded in southern Thailand Sunday morning, police said.

The explosion caused a fire that burned down about a dozen houses, Yala Police Col. Krisada Kaewchandee said.

Investigators believe a car bomb caused the blast, he said.

The explosion occurred in a region that has seen a spike in suspected insurgent attacks recently.

Nine civilians were killed and two others were injured in a bombing in Yala province last month.

Muslim separatists in southern Thailand have long battled government forces in a country that is overwhelmingly Buddhist.

The conflict came to a head in 2004 after former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra took office. Several thousand people died in the resulting violence.