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Former Thai rulers deny role in bomb attacks

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>> A day after a wave of deadly bombings in Thailand, the former ruling party denying any involvement after accusations circled on social media. Five tourist resorts in southern Thailand were targeted on Thursday and Friday, killing four people and wounding dozens of others. The attacks came days after Thais voted to accept a military backed constitution.
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Some view the timing as suspicious. Former Prime Ministers Thaksin Shinawatra and his sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, were both toppled in military coups and after last week's referendum, suspicion has fallen on enemies of the ruling junta. Critics say the newly approved constitution intrenches the military's power. Voters in Thaksin's northeast stronghold and in the mostly Muslim southern provinces all voted against the constitution.
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Nobody has yet claimed responsibility for the bombings, police initially ruling out links to Islamist terrorism. The attacks took place on a long weekend, a busy time for seaside resorts. They sent shudders through Thailand's tourism industry, one of the few bright lights in the country's sluggish economy.