No group has claimed the deed. The temple is located in the southern Narathiwatprovinsen bordering Malaysia, where a conflict between the muslim malayrebeller and the thai government has been smoldering since 2004. Buddhist monks have occasionally become targets in the conflict.
Tempeldådet follows several violent incidents in the area in a short time. On the same day injured four persons from the thai security forces of the two car bombs and a suspected rebel was shot dead in a confrontation at a school. Last week shot a muslim imam to death in the same province, and on January 10, was shot four people from Thailand's non-profit civil defence killing of armed offenders who have passed a school in the car.