Incident Summary:

01/22/2018: Assailants detonated an explosives laden motorcycle in front of a pork stall at Pimolchai market in Yala, Muang Yala, Yala, Thailand. Three people were killed and 34 more were injured. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspected that Runda Kumpulan Kecil (RKK) was behind the attack.




Southeast Asia

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Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Muang Yala district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Phimonchai Fresh Food Market
Specific Description Market
Nationality of Target Thailand
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden motorcycle consisting of a 20-kilogram explosive device was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included Narirat Saetang, Suprida Chennaruemit, Mayaki Waenawae, Nuhan Prasoetsan, Wichai Chehma, Nitaya Phibun, Somphon Luichiw, Narongrat Kaewsuksri, Waraphon Chukaew, Chawiwan Nontharit, Thamonwan Saekang, Chintana Wichan-Udom, Choetpanya Mapiam, Phanni Charoenthanawit, Supharat Saetang, Phattharaphong Saetang, Sawangnapha Norasing, Nittaya Phonlaphak, and Pawina Muenchum.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Runda Kumpulan Kecil (RKK) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 34 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 34
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Bombing highlights increased likelihood of civilian-targeted attacks in southern Thailand, frequency to probably increase ahead of elections," IHS Global Insight, January 24, 2018.
"Yala market bomb suspects arrested ," Thai Public Broadcasting Service, January 24, 2018.
"Thailand: Blast at Yala market leaves three civilians dead," Bangkok Post Online, January 23, 2018.