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Thai officers examine the wreckage of a pickup truck after an explosion at Samui Island in Surat Thani province, Thailand.

Thai officers examine the wreckage of a pickup truck after an explosion at Samui Island in Surat Thani province, Thailand.

AFP

A car bomb on the Thai resort island of Samui has wounded seven people, including an Italian girl, police said on Saturday, in a further blow to the country’s tarnished reputation as a top tourist destination.

The bomb, packed inside a Mazda pick-up truck with false number plates, exploded late on Friday in the underground car park of the Central Festival mall, sending late-night shoppers running for safety.

Police said the car had been stolen on March 31 from Yala, one of Thailand’s three southernmost Muslim-majority provinces that have been scorched by a 10-year insurgency in which more than 6,300 people have been killed.

Map showing Koh Samui

There were reports of other fires starting nearby at a shopping centre and convenience shop at the same time as the explosion.

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