Our correspondent in Thailand, Chai, reports:
BREAKING: Celebrating the Muslim Jumu'ah Friday prayer day with more Jihad murder in Thailand. Heavy civilian casualties in latest attack.Are 6 dead and 39 injured in a Muslim terror attack worth reporting in the international news media?The Muslim terror attacks continue daily in Thailand's south with innocent people wounded or murdered on average every six hours for the last eight years.*The international news media doesn't bother reporting the daily terror unless the body count in one in attack exceeds some unknown threshold. Kill seven or ten in one attack and it might be reported, but kill one a day for a week and nobody in the West seems to care.Over 5,000 dead and 9,000 injured attest to the scale of Jihad in only a small area of Thailand. There is a war going on in Thailand's south, coupled with a massive population shift as non-Muslim Thais abandon lands, homes and businesses built over generations; but you would never know the truth by relying upon the international news media.Will this latest attack be reported by American news media? We will see.Time of attack: Friday, September 21, 2012 12:40pm (Thailand time)Friday, September 21, 2012 1:40am (New York time)Story by Chai sourced as it is breaking on Thai language press, broadcasters and social media.Muslim terrorists killed 6 civilians and injured 39 in Pattani Province's on Friday afternoon. Reports in the Thai language media indicate that at least half of the injured are in 'serious' or 'critical' condition and that more may succumb to their wounds.The terrorists increased the civilian casualties by first machine gunning staff and customers at the Kamolphan jewellery store in the Sai Buri business district. After the shooters fled, other terrorists then waited for the police to arrive and further waited for a large crowd of onlookers to gather before remotely detonating a pickup truck bomb of an estimated 50kg size.Five civilians died at the scene, with one more dying in hospital so far. More deaths are expected. Local news reports that twenty-five of the dead and wounded are civilians including some children.The attack followed the terrorist murder of a Pattani police officer on Thursday evening. Sub-Lieutenant Abdulloh Doloh, 56, was ambushed and shot by four men on his way home from work.Photos courtesy of krobkruakao.comThai language news article, photos and video here:News from Thai English language press:hereSix killed, 39 injured in Pattani car bomb attackPattani - Insurgents fired at a gold shop in this southern border province before detonated a car bomb Friday, killing six people and injuring 39 others, police said.The explosion occurred at about 12:40 pm in the business area of Sai Buri district.About five insurgents opened fire at the Kamolphan gold shop and when police and rangers rushed to check the scene. Although the officials tried to block onlookers away, a huge crowd gathered to watch. The explosion occurred about 20 minutes later after the officials arrived at the scene.* Source for the statement that Muslim terror attacks continue daily in Thailand's south with innocent people wounded or murdered on average every six hours for the last eight years: hereFive killed by Pattani car bombPublished: 21/09/2012 at 04:21 PMOnline news:PATTANI - At least five people were killed and 37 wounded on Friday when a car bomb detonated in a packed market in Thailand's insurgency-hit far south, officials told AFP."As of now five are dead including a paramilitary ranger and four civilians," a Sai Buri district hospital official told AFP, adding 14 of the injured were in "serious condition".Local police confirmed the death toll and said 37 had been wounded, among them 25 civilians.More than 5,000 people have been killed and over 9,000 hurt in more than 11,000 incidents, or about 3.5 a day, in the three southernmost provinces and the four districts of Songkhla since the violence erupted afresh in January 2004, according to Deep South Watch - an independent research group that monitors the southern unrest.