Islamic terrorists waging a war against Thais
The three local defence volunteers died after a bomb hidden in a pile of clothes exploded outside a restaurant in Pattani Town on Sunday lunchtime.
Another nine people were injured in the blast.
A coordinated campaign of terror started at 6pm local time on Saturday, when seven bombs were planted outside shops, supermarkets and a karaoke bar in Pattani Town, the capital of Pattani Province, one of the three southernmost provinces of Thailand with a Muslim majority population.
Bomb disposal experts defused five of the bombs. But further devices were detonated later that night and on Sunday, while a wave of arson attacks gutted shops in Pattani Town and targeted mobile phone towers, security cameras and local defence bases elsewhere in Pattani Province.
“Intelligence estimates suggest there were 50 coordinated attacks. We managed to prevent attacks in eight spots,” Police Major General Ekkaphob Prasitwattanachai told local media.
Shops in Pattani City were closed on Monday and streets deserted, as residents stayed indoors fearing more violence. The bombing and arson campaign is being regarded as revenge for the killing of 16 militants who attacked a marine base in Narathiwat Province last Wednesday. It was the deadliest day the insurgents have suffered in almost a decade.
Almost 5,400 people have died, and more than 9,500 have been injured, since the insurgency started in earnest in 2004.
Around 80 per cent of the 1.8 million people in the three southernmost provinces of Thailand – Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala -, that border Malaysia are ethnic Malay Muslims. Many regard the overwhelmingly Buddhist Thai state as a colonial power and want their own independent nation.
On Monday, deputy prime minister and deep south security chief Chalerm Yubamrung said he had been “forced” by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to agree to travel to the deep south next month. Mr Chalerm has been repeatedly criticised for his failure to visit the region during his 19 months in office.
ADMIN: colonial power? the last time I checked Thai Buddhists are natives of that area long before Islam appeared in south east Asia in the 13-15th century. islam first appeared on Sumatra in the 13th century. by the 15th Islam reached the Malay peninsula and the rest of South East Asia. The region was Hindu and Buddhist before the arrival of Islam many others where animists. so who is colonizing who?
native non-muslim kingdoms in the region before the arrival of Islam
Malay Hindu kingdom 7th-14th century
Srivijaya Empire 7th-13th century Bhuddist and Hindu
Thai Buddhist Kingdom of Sokhothai 1238–1583
Kedah Sultanate was originally a Hindu Kingdom that became Muslim after a Hindu King converted to Islam