Saturday, February 21, 2015

One Dead and 11 Injured in Attacks by Islamic Terrorists in Southern Thailand over Demands for an Islamic State


BANGKOK – One person has been killed and 11 others injured in two bombings and a shooting in southern Thailand where more than 6,000 people have died since 2004 in sectarian violence, local media reported Friday.

A bomb exploded Friday in front of a grocery store in Narathiwat province, and a few minutes later another one exploded 500 meters (yards) from a religious building injuring at least 10 people, the Bangkok Post newspaper reported.

A group of assailants shot two men who were on a motorcycle early Thursday, killing one and critically wounding the other in the Sungai Kolok district of the same province.

Police were investigating if the shooting was due to a personal dispute or part of the continuing violence by Muslim separatists in southern Thailand.

Killings, shootings and bomb attacks occur almost daily in the southern provinces of Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala, despite the deployment of some 40,000 security force personnel and the imposition of a state of emergency.

The Muslim insurgents claim they suffer discrimination by the country’s dominant Buddhist community and are demanding the creation of an Islamic state integrating the three provinces which formed a part of the old Sultanate of Pattani annexed by Thailand a century ago.


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