Here is the latest horror from our man in Thailand -- despite the latest round of "peace talks."
September 11, 2013Hi Pamela,Another five Thai police officers murdered by Muslim terrorists: this time shot to death. Yesterday two school defence soldiers died, two others and a child were gravely injured when terrorists exploded a bomb in a schoolyard.Just a normal 24 hours in Thailand's southern provinces.The murder of the five police officers highlights a connection that the news media for some reason pays little attention to: the Muslim terrorists are also heavily involved in 'ordinary' crimes such as drug trafficking, smuggling, human trafficking, extortion and robbery. The profits of these criminal activities are always said to be used only to fund the 'struggle' (Jihad).The five police officers were investigating 'oil smuggling', but the smugglers turned out to be Jihadists.Chai
Two soldiers killed, schoolboy injured in Yala blast Nation MultimediaThe NationTwo soldiers were killed and two others, including a 12-year-old schoolboy, were wounded in a bomb attack at Kanarasdornbumroong 2 School in Yala's Muang district yesterday.The home-made bomb exploded at 10am, killing Sergeant Prathes Jan-on, 34, and Private Wuth Khongwoon, 22. Private Theerapong Sonjit, 22, and student Atthawut Boonthien were wounded by shrapnel.The bomb created a two-metre-wide, one-metre-deep crater behind a security guard's booth in the school compound.Police investigation found that a five-strong team led by Prathes was guarding the teachers and students when suspected insurgents led by Roki Doloh set off the bomb.Meanwhile, National Security Council (NSC) chief Paradorn Pattanatabutr said a new round of peace dialogue with the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) would be held in the third week of October. He said the Thai negotiating team would submit details of BRN's five demands to the Committee to Mobilise Policy and Strategy to Solve Problems in the South on Friday.Regarding the September 5 arrest of two Thai men in Malaysia's Kedah state for possessing war weapons, Paradorn said Thai Special Branch Police and their Malaysian counterparts were working on getting more information from the suspects. Initial results of the investigation found the two suspects had links to the southern unrest.
Five police officers slain by gunmen in Pattani Bangkok post.comFive policemen investigating oil smuggling shot dead in Pattani and authorities link it to illegal traders supporting the insurgency.Published: 11 Sep 2013 at 15.37 Thailand (Sept 11, 2013 4:37am New York time)Five policemen investigating oil smuggling were shot dead in Pattani on Wednesday, but the government insisted that ongoing attacks would not derail fragile peace efforts in the South.The attack came a day after two soldiers were killed, and two others and a student wounded, by a bomb explosion in the grounds of Kanarasdorn Bumroong 2 School in Yala's Muang district. The attack was blamed on a splinter group of the Barison Revolusi Nasional (BRN) separatist movement intent on disrupting the peace talks.Wednesday's attack was carried out by five or six gunmen travelling on a pick-up truck which swerved in front of a police vehicle carrying the five plainclothes policemen, forcing it to stop, Pol Col Kowit Rattanachot, chief of the district police station, said.The gunmen opened fire and all five police officers were killed on the spot, he said.The dead officers were identified as Pol Maj Col Santhchai Sarttrapradit, Pol Lt Anavil Arkhunchada, Pol Sen Sgt Maj Masuding Meesa, Pol Sgt Maj Maroning Yuso and Pol Sgt Maj Sompote Somprasong. The attack occurred at about 10.20am.The slain policemen were working with a unit tasked with cracking down on oil smuggling in the southern border provinces, Pramote Prom-in, spokesman for the Internal Security Operations Command's Southern Forward Command, said.Col Pramote said the fatal ambush underlined suspicions of a link between insurgents in the southern region and illicit business activities, including smuggling of untaxed fuel and other contraband."These people are a national threat," he said.The continuing attacks fly in the face of several rounds of peace talks, facilitated by Malaysia, between Thai authorities and the BRN.National Security Council chief Paradorn Pattatanabut said talks would continue, despite the latest attacks."The more they kill, the more we need to have the meetings, so we can find out why and who committed these acts," Lt Gen Paradorn told AFP."The talks must continue," he added, echoing comments on Tuesday in which he said a new round of peace talks discussions were expected to begin in October.Rescue workers care for the body of one of the five police officers murdered in Thung Yang Daeng district of Pattani province on Wednesday.