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Thai police: 20 people wounded in car bomb

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  • Police: Bombing occurred in Thailand's Narathiwat province around lunch time
  • Bombings are an ongoing issue in Thailand's three southernmost provinces
  • Islamic insurgency since 2004 has resulted in the deaths of about 3,000 people
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BANGKOK, Thailand (CNN) -- About 20 people were wounded Tuesday when a car bomb exploded near a Buddhist restaurant in southern Thailand, police said.

The bombing occurred in Narathiwat province around lunch time, a local police sergeant said.

The car used in the attack had been stolen from a civil servant who had been killed by Islamic insurgents, police said. The bomb was detonated by a cell phone, they said.

Bombings are an ongoing issue in Thailand's three southernmost provinces of Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani, where an Islamic insurgency that flared in January 2004 has resulted in the deaths of about 3,000 people.

CNN's Kocha Olarn contributed to this report.

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