A spate of bombings, arson and gun attacks launched by rebels in southern Thailand on October 9 left three people dead.

A government source said as many as 40 attacks were reported across 17 districts in Narathiwat, Yala, Pattani and Songkhla provinces in one of the biggest coordinated waves of violence in years.

Six bombings, four incidents of arson and the theft of one tanker occurred in Narathiwat.

Eleven ATM bomb attacks were reported in Yala.

A total of 15 attacks were reported in six districts of Pattani including 12 ATM bombings, one bomb attack, one arson attack, and a combination of a petrol bomb attacks and shootings.

Thai Deputy Prime Minister Pracha Promnok, who is in charge of internal security, said the attacks were intended as a show of the rebels to mark the founding anniversaries of the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) and Pattani United Liberation Organisation (Pulo).

The BRN was created on Oct. 10, 1963 and Pulo on Oct. 11, 1968, he said.

Thailand has about 60,000 troops stationed in the south, where nearly a decade of conflict has left more than 5,700 people dead.-VNA