The Samila Mermaid was bombed Wednesday night of December 25, 2018. The bronze mermaid statue which sits at a junction between Samila Beach and Chalatat Beach was damaged after an improvised explosive device exploded Wednesday night. The blast happened at about 10pm which broke off the statue’s tail.
Another explosion happened a couple of hundred meters away from the mermaid statue, near the Cat and Mouse Statues which were luckily unscathed by the incident. And reports said there were more bombs found hidden in trash bins. Fortunately, there were no casualties.
Hours after the incident, the mermaid was put back together, a true Thai spirit. They deal with the situation and they move on. The incident has surely ignited emotional outburst from residents and even tourists as the Mermaid Statue is Songkhla’s revered symbol and a popular destinations for foreigners including Malaysians, but life goes on. It happened, yes! However there is no reason crying over spilled milk. This incident will definitely not deter locals and international visitors from coming and have their photos taken with Songkhla Mermaid Statue.
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