DFA: No Filipinos hurt in Thailand blast

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Posted at May 10 2017 01:56 PM | Updated as of May 10 2017 04:08 PM

MANILA - No Filipinos were hurt in Tuesday's explosions outside a supermarket in the city of Pattani in southern Thailand, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Wednesday.

In a statement, the DFA said the Philippine Embassy in Bangkok continued to coordinate closely with Thai authorities to ensure the safety of Filipinos in the area.

"The Embassy is coordinating with the members of the Filipino community in Pattani and Narathiwat who have already contacted each other to check on each other’s safety and welfare," it added.

The car-bomb attack in Pattani wounded around 60 people, reports said. Most of the wounded were discharged after receiving treatment, but 21 with more serious injuries were hospitalized.

"The Philippine Embassy in Bangkok will continue to monitor the situation and report further developments," said the DFA.

The blast destroyed the front of a Big-C supermarket, scattering debris over a wide area and sending up a column of black smoke.

Muslim militants fighting for a separate state in the south of predominantly Buddhist Thailand were suspected of carrying out the attack.

In a Facebook post meanwhile, the Philippine Embassy in Thailand called on the Filipino community "to be vigilant and to cooperate with local authorities on matters concerning safety and security."

There are an estimated 16,700 Filipinos in Thailand, 500 of whom are in southern provinces, according to the Philippine Embassy in Bangkok. Of this figure, roughly 100 are in Pattani, where the blast happened. 

Three-quarters of Filipinos in Thailand are educators, while the rest work in hotels, medical facilities, banks, manufacturing firms and international organizations.