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ONE KILLED, 15 WOUNDED BY BOMB OUTSIDE BAR

A bomb exploded Thursday evening outside a bar in southern Thailand, the scene of a campaign of violence blamed on Islamic separatists, killing at least one person and wounding 15 people, police said.

The explosive in the town of Sungai Kolok was left in a box in front of a beauty shop next to the bar by two men on a motorcycle and exploded as they drove off, police said.

The blast came amid outrage among Thai Muslims over the deaths of 78 Muslims who suffocated, dehydrated or were crushed when hundreds of protesters were detained by police after a riot and packed into trucks for hours.

Sungai Kolok is a town in Narathiwat province on the border with Malaysia. Narathiwat is one of three provinces hit by a surge of violence this year, which officials attribute to Islamic separatists.

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