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Deadly bomb hits southern Thailand

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  • Car bomb explodes in southern Thailand, killing a journalist and wounding 17
  • Bomb detonated after an initial explosion drew in a crowd
  • Attack took place in Sugaigolok district, near border with Malaysia
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From Kochakorn J. Olarn
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BANGKOK, Thailand (CNN) -- A car bomb exploded in southern Thailand, killing a local journalist and wounding 17 others, a police official said.

The bomb detonated about 9:10 p.m. (10:10 a.m. ET), moments after an initial explosion that drew in a crowd of local officials and journalists, according to the police chief of Narathiwat province. The attack took place in the Sugaigolok district of Narathiwat, a predominantly Muslim province along the Thailand-Malaysia border.

The car bomb killed a newspaper reporter on the scene, the police chief said.

It is unclear who planted the explosive devices in Narathiwat, one of three Muslim provinces in southern Thailand, a predominantly Buddhist country.

Two people were killed in mid-March when two car bombs struck targets in the other Muslim provinces, Yala and Pattani.

Car bombings, although a relatively rare tactic, are becoming a more frequent tool of radical Muslims waging a years-long insurgency in southern Thailand, authorities say.

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