>> A wave of bomb attacks in Thailand. The work of locals and not an international terror organization. That's what police are saying Friday after a series of explosions ripped through the country, hitting three popular tourist resorts, killing four and wounding dozens, nine of them foreigners.>>
can confirm that these bombings are far from being the kind of terrorist acts that have happened in other countries.
This is what we call local sabotage.>> Police also say there's no evidence that Muslim separatists in the far south are responsible for the attacks although experts dispute that. The militants usually don't target tourists, but as Amy Sawitta Leferve reports, the attacks bear some striking hallmarks.>> The use of homemade devices, the use of motorcycle bombs, which is something that we've seen over the past decade or so, in the three southern provinces, where an insurgency has been raging, a Muslim separatist insurgency.
So Interpol did say to us that there are some hallmarks and there are some similarities between what's been going on in the deep south over the past decade and what we've seen over the past 24 hours in these multiple bomb attacks.>> Hardest hit, the upscale beach town, Hua Hin.
Twin blasts shaking a busy bar street Thursday night, detonated by a mobile phone. Two more bombings following Friday morning. Local media say police found and destroyed yet another explosive planted on a motorcycle. Popular, island destination Phuket was also hit by double blasts as well as near by Phong Nha.
The bombings are bad news for Thailand's shaky economy. Tourism has been a rare bright spot accounting for about 10% of the country's GDP. They're also a painful echo of last years Bangkok bomb attack which killed 20 people outside a Hindu shrine.