BANGKOK, Thailand – “No report of Filipinos involved in the bomb blasts in Pattani on 09 May 2017.”
This was confirmed by the Philippine Embassy (PE) in Bangkok through a post via Facebook stating there are no reports of any Filipino involved in the bomb blasts in Pattani, South Thailand.
At least 59 people were injured, most of whom were parents and children shopping for the new school term, in two powerful bomb explosions at a Big C Super Center in Pattani’s Muang district on Tuesday afternoon, May 9.
Authorities denied that bombs were linked with the Islamic State (IS) terror group which were earlier reported to have entered the kingdom when a Malaysian national, suspected by Malaysian authorities to have links with the IS, had fled to Thailand and repeatedly entered and left the country.
The Philippine Embassy said the Filipino community members in Pattani and nearby provinces have not received any reports of Filipino casualty in the bomb blasts.
The Embassy in Bangkok further advised all Filipinos to be vigilant and to cooperate with local authorities on matters concerning safety and security.
The Embassy said it will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as appropriate.
(Photos: FB, Mattawan Kibcy)