More than 5,700 people have been killed in a jihad war in Thailand's Muslim-majority southern provinces.
Chai in Thailand writes me:
After over 800 Muslim terror attacks in Thailand's South so far this year, with over 240 people murdered and 460 injured, it is not an exaggeration to say that the Thai population, news media and the authorities cannot keep up with the individual attacks. The scale is overwhelming the authorities' ability to respond and the public's ability to understand what is happening.You hear some news on the radio or see an official on TV commenting about an attack and you think you've heard about it before. Then you realize this is a new attack with different victims, and not about what the news was yesterday. This confusion happens every day in the news media and so the Thai public are losing track of the scale of the violence.Today, Saturday, June 29, 2013 Muslim terrorists blew up eight soldiers in Yala as they were traveling home on leave. As well as the eight soldiers killed, some nearby civilians including children were injured. When we first heard about it, we thought the radio was talking about yesterday's (Friday's) bombing where three officers died when a roadside bomb exploded near a tea shop. Then we heard about another drive-by shooting in Rueso district and we wondered if that was connected with the tea shop bombing because the terrorists often follow up a bombing with a shooting of the victims. It wasn't until we read the newspaper that we realized the shooting and the tea shop bombing were separate attacks. Last week there were other attacks including another store bombing where the Muslim terrorists came in and shot the victims as they lay on stunned and injured from the bomb.If this sounds like a hot war zone to you, I won't disagree.
Eight Thai soldiers killed in blast: army AAP June 29, 2013
EIGHT soldiers have been killed by an early morning roadside bomb in Thailand's restive south, an army spokesman says.
The attack raises questions over the durability of a fragile peace process aimed at ending the near-decade-long insurgency.
More than 5700 people have been killed in an insurgency in Thailand's Muslim-majority southern provinces, but optimism for peace has flickered recently after talks between authorities and some rebel groups including the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN).
The bomb, among the most deadly single attacks by rebels on Thai security forces in recent years, ripped through a military truck transporting the soldiers after a night on duty at a base in Krongpinang district of Yala province.
"It was a very powerful bomb that completely destroyed the truck," spokesman Colonel Pramote Promin said by phone.
"Ten soldiers were in the truck. Eight died and two were wounded," he said, adding that two villagers had also been injured in the blast.
"It's likely the biggest loss for our military so far this year."
Local media reports said the bomb weighed more than 50 kilograms, backing up the view of experts who say the rebels are becoming increasingly sophisticated in the bomb attacks.
Near-daily assaults on security forces and civilians have continued despite a successful round of talks on June 14 in which both sides agreed to work towards curbing violence over Ramadan.
But prospects for a significant reduction in violence appeared to receive a blow last week after the BRN called for the army to return to their bases over Ramadan in exchange for a ceasefire during the holy month, a condition swiftly rejected by the kingdom's government.