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21 Wounded in Bomb Blasts in Southern Thailand


Thailand authorities say two bomb blasts Sunday in the country's restive south wounded 21 people, including four soldiers.

Local authorities say the first bomb exploded during a football match in a village in Yala province, wounding 17 players and spectators.

Hours later, in Narathiwat province, a roadside bomb wounded four soldiers on a foot patrol.

Thai security forces are on high alert since Thursday, when militants in Yala province killed at least 11 government-hired paramilitaries.

While Thailand has a Buddhist majority, the south is dominated by Muslims.

At least 2,200 people have died since 2004 in near-daily violence in the region. Authorities attribute much of the unrest to Islamist separatists.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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