Four people killed in Thailand bomb blast

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At least four people were killed and four others injured in a bomb blast in southern Thailand, a police official said in Bangkok on Friday.

The homemade device loaded with three kg of explosive material exploded on Thursday night near a checkpoint in Pattani city, the official told EFE news.

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The authorities, who immediately began a search and capture mission, blamed Muslim insurgent groups operating in the region.

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More than 6,500 people have died in southern Thailand since the Muslim separatist movement resumed its armed resistance in 2004 after being dormant for nearly a decade.

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Light weapon attacks, murders and bomb blasts are frequent in the provinces of Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala, despite the deployment of around 40,000 security forces and a state of emergency, declared in 2005.

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