A series of bombs killed 13 people and hurt more than 500 in Yala and Hat Yai in southern Thailand. Two explosions took place 10 minutes apart within a 100-meter radius in Yala, while a suspected car bomb triggered a fire in a hotel which spread to a shopping mall in Hat Yai. Officials blame insurgents for the attacks on the two cities. Thailand’s southern area which borders Malaysia has experienced political instability since 2004. The conflict stems from the perception that ethnic Malay Muslims suffer discrimination within the predominantly Buddhist nation.