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Australian diplomats in Thailand have warned tourists of the
perils of travelling in the kingdom's troubled south following an
attack on a passenger train.
The train, on a regular daily 16-hour journey from the
Thai-Malaysian border, was derailed on Thursday when it was hit by
two powerful bombs on its tracks.
Two other bombs failed to explode.
More than 100 passengers were aboard the slow moving train, but
police say that only one was injured.
A spokesman for the Australian embassy in Bangkok said it was
checking into reports that some Australian tourists might have been
"Events in the south of Thailand are an ongoing cause for
concern, and we would refer Australian citizens to the current
travel advisory which states that terrorists have targeted the
railways in Thailand, with further attacks possible," he said.
The travel advisory warns Australians to defer non-essential
travel to Thailand's four southern provinces, which have been
wracked by a Islamic insurgency.
The train had just pulled out of the station at Sungai Kolok, a
checkpoint familiar to thousands of Australian tourists who travel
to or from Penang and other parts of Malaysia.
It is the largest border trading area in Thailand's southern
province, and close to the railway bridge which connects the
Explosives have been placed on Thai railway tracks in the past.
But this is the first time that a moving train has come under
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