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Explosions in southern Thailand kill 1, wound 24

BANGKOK (AP) -- Suspected Muslim insurgents in southern Thailand launched a wave of attacks Sunday that killed one person and wounded 24 others.

The violence took place in the city of Yala, where at least four explosions were reported, said police Col. Prayong Khotsakha.

The most serious of the assaults was a car bomb that detonated in front a furniture store, triggering a blaze that burned nearby homes and caused numerous casualties, he said.

Other explosions were reported in the city. One bomb was hidden on a motorcycle, and another blew up an ATM.

More than 5,000 people have been killed in Thailand's three southernmost provinces since an Islamic insurgency erupted in 2004.

While the militants target mainly security forces, others are also targets, including teachers, who are perceived as representatives of the government in predominantly Buddhist Thailand.

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