Songkhla authorities have tightened up safety measures after a bomb planted on the railway caused a freight train derailment in the Sadao district on Saturday, December 3rd. No injuries were reported.
The cargo train No.707 operating between Hat Yai and Padang Besar derailed while it was approaching the Khlong Ngae railway station shortly after noon, following what Thai media reported as a loud bang similar to a bomb blast coming from the track.
Today, December 4th, the State Railway of Thailand officials who came to inspect the railway confirmed that the derailment was caused by a bomb blast, which left a two-meter-deep hole beneath the track. The bomb was homemade.
The officials said eleven of the 20 cars were derailed and badly damaged, but fortunately, no one inside the cars was injured.
The operation to salvage the train and repair the track would begin on Monday, December 5th, while bomb disposal specialists and security officers were clearing the area today.
Thai media reported that citizens were still coming to board the train at the Yala train station as usual, though the station was heavily guarded by security officers.
The deep south of Thailand has long had issues with insurgency operations who have continually conducted illegal operations meant to reduce confidence in the Thai government and frighten the public, said Songkhla officials to the media.