A new wave of jihad has hit beleaguered Thailand. Brutal, vicious, relentless, and yet we hear nothing in the media. 31 bombs exploded in Thailand’s southern provinces, bombs planted at automated teller machines (ATMs), schools were targeted, leaving one teacher dead. Here's the latest from our eyes and ears in Thailand, Chai.
The full extent of Muslim terrorist attacks on Tuesday and Wednesday in Thailand's south is still being counted. The number of attacks is currently being reported in local media and radio as "as many as 50" with 7 people confirmed dead, including a teacher, and dozens wounded. Local radio is also reporting that some of the wounded have "grievous" injuries.Muslims hijacked a water truck, filled it with gasoline and then drove it to a school yard where they intended to burn the school residence. One teacher was killed as she slept in her bed at the school. (Many teachers are living at their schools now rather than take a chance to live in the community).Many of the dead and injured happened because the Muslim terrorists placed their bombs at banking machines.Here are some recent online articles, but they generally are behind the local TV and radio broadcast news.As with all major attacks it will be another day or two before the true number of attacks, dead and injured becomes available, and even the government's official announcements will see changes.
New wave of violence leaves three dead
Published: 9 Oct 2013 at 23.41Online news: Local News
Multiple bombing, arson and gun attacks in the deep South early Wednesday left a female teacher and two rangers dead in one of the biggest coordinated waves of suspected insurgent violence in years.
The government said the attacks in Narathiwat, Yala, Pattani and Songkhla were intended to mark the founding anniversaries of the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) and Pattani United Liberation Organisation (Pulo).
More than 40 attacks were reported across 17 districts of these four provinces.
Eleven attacks - six bombings, four arson incidents, and one tanker theft - were reported in five districts of Narathiwat, Pol Maj Gen Patthanawuth Angkhanawin, chief of the Narathiwat provincial police said.
In Yala, 11 ATM bomb attacks in Muang, Yaha and Bannang Sata districts were reported.
Suspected insurgents stole an empty tanker usually used for carrying water from Narathiwat's Rueso district and filled it with fuel.
They hosed the fuel onto a building at Ja Kwa police station in Yala's Raman district.
Police caught them in the act. The attackers fled before they could set fire to the oil-soaked building.
No one was injured in the attacks carried out in Narathiwat and Yala.
However, Wae-na Muno, a 55-year-old teacher at Ban Cho Keu Yae School in Pattani's Sai Buri district, was killed in a gun attack at the school dormitory in which she was living.
The shooting was immediately followed by an arson attack using a petrol bomb. Two other buildingsat the school were also damaged.
A total of 15 attacks were reported in six districts of Pattani including 12 ATM bombings, one bomb attack, one arson attack, and a combination of a petrol bomb attack and shooting.
In Songkhla, three ATM arson attacks, one each in Saba Yoi, Thepha and Na Thawi districts, took place. No one was hurt. In Cho Airong district of Narathiwat a roadside bomb blast in Ban Sala killed two rangers, identified as Sopien Kuemaesajehloh, 28, and Boonrub Petchnongchum, 34.
Three other rangers were injured.
The bombs went off as about 20 troops on an armoured truck passed by.
Deputy Prime Minister Pracha Promnok, who is in charge of internal security, said the spate of attacks was intended as a show of the insurgency's combat potential, to mark the founding anniversaries of the BRN and the Pulo.
The BRN was created on Oct 10, 1963 and Pulo on Oct 11, 1968, he said.
Fourth Army commander Lt Gen Sakol Chuentrakul said the authorities were analysing camera footage to investigate reports that some bombers were dressed as women.
31 bombs explode in Thailand’s southern provinces
Bombs were planted at automated teller machines (ATMs) in Thailand's four southernmost provinces.
Seven people were killed and 22 injured by a series of bombs across Thailand's southernmost provinces, an official said Wednesday.
Thirty-one bombs went off in the provinces of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and Songkhla and several arson attacks were carried out late Tuesday and early Wednesday, said Lieutenant General Paradorn Pattanathabutra, secretary-general of the National Security Council.
He said that some of the bombs were planted next to ATM machines to damage the local economy, while others were planted at roadsides to target military patrols.
Five soldiers and two civilians were killed in the blasts. Another 10 soldiers and 12 civilians were wounded, Paradorn said.
Thailand is predominantly Buddhist. Opposition to central government rule in the Muslim-majority provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat has existed for decades, resurfacing violently in 2004.
Since then, more than 5,200 people have been killed in the southern provinces.
Teacher, two rangers killed in South attacks; ATMs bombed
The Nation October 10, 2013 1:00 am
Paradorn puts blame on groups opposed to peace process with BRN
INSURGENTS LAUNCHED a series of coordinated arson and bomb attacks in the deep South late on Tuesday, mostly targeting banks to damage their automatic teller machines.
In two other attacks, one in Pattani fatally wounded a teacher, and the other in Narathiwat killed two Army paramilitary rangers and wounded five others.
Officials said 34 locations were under attack, damaging or gutting a large number of ATM machines belonging to various private and government banks or those attached to convenience stores.
Deputy Prime Minister Pracha Promnog said the attacks were symbolic and marked the anniversaries of two insurgent groups - Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN), which was established on October 10, and Patani United Liberation Organization (Pulo) on October 11.
Three attacks were conducted in the Yawi-speaking district of Saba Yoi in Songkhla, while the remainder, involving either small-sized incendiary bombs or the torching of car tyres to block roads, took place in Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat, said Colonel Pramote Phrome-in, of the Internal Security Operations Centre's forward base.
The military viewed the attacks as attempts to destabilise the region economically apart from demoralising the local public, said the spokesman. The colonel also called on residents to condemn the attacks.
There were no prior warnings from security agencies about the attacks, which are traditionally given at national level and from local offices in charge of security in the deep South.
The death of Waena Munoh, a teacher at Ban Johkeuyae in the Pattani attack on Tuesday night, brought the death toll of teachers to 165.
The victim, 55, was sleeping in her living quarters guarded by soldiers when she was hit by stray bullets shot into the complex by attacking insurgents. They had stolen two fire trucks and replaced the water with fuel, and were preparing to spray an entire living quarter with it before setting it on fire. Two suspects have been apprehended for questioning for this attack.
In the bomb attack in Narathiwat yesterday morning, a three-vehicle convoy belonging to the 46th Ranger Regiment was blasted with a roadside bomb while on a patrol. The blast hit the middle vehicle killing one ranger instantly; a second was pronounced dead in hospital, while five others were wounded. Fourteen teenage men at a nearby teashop have been apprehended for questioning.
National Security Council secretary-general Paradorn Pattana-thabutr said the attacks were likely conducted by those opposed to an ongoing peace process between Thai authorities and the BRN. He said there would possibly be more attacks in the next few days, then they would cease - but he did not explain why.
In another bomb attack, a roadside bomb hit a vehicle belonging to a Ranger company, causing minor injuries to the crew and slight damage to the vehicle. This attack took place in Pattani's Sai Buri district late on Tuesday night and into yesterday morning.