At least four people have been killed in eight bomb blasts that have hit across Thailand in the past 24 hours, in the resort town of Hua Hin and southern provinces, authorities said.
The series of bombings struck Thailand at a variety of locations, including sites popular with tourists from Thursday night and Friday morning, in what a senior Thai official called a coordinated wave of attacks.
The extent of the casualties was not immediately clear, but at least one person, a woman, was confirmed to have been killed. Two bombs went off at the Hua Hin resort in Thailand late Thursday evening, killing one woman and wounding at least 19 people, a local official said.
As well as the four blasts in Hua Hin, there were two on the tourist island of Phuket on Friday along with one in the island gateway town of Surat Thani, and one in southern Trang on Thursday, officials told AFP.
On Friday, a bomb blast killed one woman in Surat Thani, the gateway to Thailand's southern resort islands, officials said.
Provincial governor Wongsiri Promchana said the bomb, hidden in a flower bed, exploded in front of the marine police offices, killing a municipal worker and injuring another man. "I think it's related to the blasts in Hua Hin," Wongsiri told AFP, referring to the overnight attack in the town that lies further north.
Thai police said the wave of bomb blasts in central and south of the country are not linked to Islamic terrorism.