Thailand: Twin blasts rock popular tourist destination

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A woman has died after two bombs exploded in the Thai resort of Hua Hin, police have said.

Twenty-three people, including nine foreign tourists, are said to have been injured in the blast in the popular holiday destination.

It is the same resort as a Scottish grandmother and her husband and son were viciously attacked in the street in April.

The bombs which caused Thursday’s explosion were hidden in plant pots spaced 164 feet apart and detonated by mobile phones within half an hour of each other.

Locals reported that the Thai woman who died had been running a food stall nearby.

The town has now been placed on lockdown.

British tourist Mark Gainsford had been in a bar near the explosion and told the BBC: “I heard people shouting Bomb! Bomb! but I didn’t hear any blast.

“I ran out to see if I could help.

“I saw eight to ten people injured, on the floor.

“The police arrived very quickly.”

Twin bombings happen often in Thailand’s three southern provinces.where insurgency is rife.

But they are rare in the country’s tourist destinations such as Hua Hin.

Four months ago, Scots tourist Rose Owen, 65, was knocked unconscious in a brutal street attack in the resort.

Her husband Lewis, 68, and son Lewis junior were also attacked as they made their way home after visiting a nearby bar.