Two bombings rock Narathiwat railway

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NARATHIWAT, May 14– Two bomb blasts have hit and damaged railway bridges in Ra-ngae and Cho-airong districts of this restive province early today, temporarily halting rail services.

After the blast at a railway bridge in Bukit subdistrict of Cho-airong district, local police chief Pol Col Suchart Sa-ie and other officials responded to investigate and helpd the scene.

An initial investigation found that the homemade bomb was built in a gas cylinder and weighed about 20kg. The powerful explosion damaged the railway bridge pier.

Meanwhile, a bomb explosion in Tanyongmat subdistrict of Ra-ngae district destroyed the railway bridge pier and some parts of the bridge. Fragments of a 50kg bomb built into a gas cylinder were found scattered around the site.

Following the explosions, train services, both inbound and outbound to Su-ngai Kolok district, have been suspended. It was expected to take few days for repairs.